Friday 16 November 2018

Carson's privacy fears over neighbour's planned extension

APPEAL: Steve Carson and wife Miriam O’Callaghan
APPEAL: Steve Carson and wife Miriam O’Callaghan
Wayne O'Connor

Wayne O'Connor

Award-winning television producer Steve Carson has lodged an appeal after Dublin City Council granted his neighbours planning permission to redevelop the rear of their home in leafy suburban Dublin.

Planning documents show Mr Carson is concerned the work will destroy the "architectural relationship" between the houses and have in impact on his home's value.

In the documents, legal representatives for Mr Carson state the home has served him and his wife, RTE broadcaster Miriam O'Callaghan, well since they purchased it 21 years ago.

The couple have lived there with their family since 1997.

Last month, Mr Carson's legal representatives wrote to An Bord Pleanala appealing against Dublin City Council's decision to approve planning permission to develop the rear of a house on Grosvenor Road in Rathmines.

The development includes plans to demolish a single-story extension to the rear of the house and for it to be replaced by a three-storey extension.

Mr Carson is concerned about the impact this will have on the symmetry between the two buildings, according to the letter.

He also raised concerns about the impact on his family's privacy and overshadowing of their property. The letter says he saw "no alternative" but to appeal the planning decision.

"The house serves them extremely well as a family home and they enjoy all of the amenities which it offers. They wish to continue to enjoy these amenities for many years to come," the appeal states. "Mr Carson considers that the proposal will destroy the respectful relationship between the two properties, and will detract seriously from the amenities of his family home by reason of overlooking, overshadowing and visual obtrusiveness. As such, he considers that the proposal will impact negatively on his family's enjoyment of their home and will detract from its value."

The letter sets these reasons out as the main grounds for appeal. It also points to the visual relationship that has existed between the two properties since their original construction in the 1800s.

The area is currently filled with two- and three-storey Victorian period structures. The appeal states these "form part of a long and elegant streetscape comprising of houses of similar scale and architectural style".

It adds: "The proposal cannot be considered in a general way and must be assessed in the context of this particular relationship."

Mr Carson is also worried about two new windows proposed in the side elevation that will face in to the family's home and create the potential for "increased overlooking".

He is calling on An Bord Pleanala to overturn the decision to grant planning permission and is keen for the site to be inspected.

"The current application has given them serious cause for concern as they believe it will have serious negative impacts on their enjoyment of their home and the value of their property," the letter adds.

"Mr Carson is anxious to facilitate the inspection of his property when the site of the proposal is being inspected."

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