Tuesday 20 August 2019

Builder tweaks plans in bid to get green light beside Kenny's house

Pat Kenny and his wife, Kathy Picture: Brian McEvoy
Pat Kenny and his wife, Kathy Picture: Brian McEvoy

Gordon Deegan

The building firm seeking to construct an apartment block and houses on lands beside broadcaster Pat Kenny's home has offered to reduce the scale of the development.

Back in November, Dún Laoghaire Rathdown Council refused planning permission to Bartra Capital Property for three apartment blocks and seven houses on lands beside the Kenny home in Dalkey, Co Dublin.

The application consisted of 19 apartments in three blocks ranging up to four storeys along with five three-bedroom homes and two semi-detached homes on the 1.4-acre site.

Bartra appealed the decision to An Bord Pleanála and in its bid to secure the green light has made a number of changes to its plans.

In the revised plans, Bartra is proposing the omission of one of the homes and the location of one of the apartment blocks farther away from one of the residential properties on adjoining lands.

Bartra is also proposing to recess the upper floors of one block to reduce the visual impact of the development.

However, in its submission to the appeals board, the council said the changes were significant, material and have not been publicly advertised.

As a result, the council stated that these proposed changes should not be considered in the context of the appeal and should instead be subject to a new planning application and "a fresh assessment".

In a response submission, consultants for Bartra, McGill Planning, disagreed that the changes required a fresh planning application.

They said the proposed changes "whilst providing improvements in terms of residential amenity, are of themselves not physical changes that are 'significant' or 'material' within the context of the overall development and not to the extent that additional public concern arises."

Mr Kenny and his wife Kathy objected to the development saying it would "detrimentally impact" on their home, The Anchorage, and other homes in the area.

They said the development would result in gross overlooking of their home and they would lose privacy. The couple said the loss of light on their property that would result "would be disastrous".

An Bord Pleanála is due to issue a decision on the appeal next month.

Irish Independent

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