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Dalkey resident Pat Kenny. Photo: Steve Humphreys

Dalkey resident Pat Kenny. Photo: Steve Humphreys

Dalkey resident Pat Kenny. Photo: Steve Humphreys

Broadcaster Pat Kenny says there is no question that An Bord Pleanála must pay all of the costs incurred by Dalkey residents in challenging a contentious decision in the High Court.

Mr Kenny was one of hundreds of Dalkey locals to contribute financially to a fund organised by the Bullock Harbour Preservation Association to challenge a decision in the courts by An Bord Pleanála that gave the green light to a mixed-use development by Bartra Property Ltd abutting Bullock Harbour in the south Co Dublin village.

In recent days, the planning board has written to solicitors for the Bullock Harbour Preservation Association confirming it proposes to concede their judicial review challenge of the Bartra plan.

When ratified by the High Court, the move effectively quashes the planning permission granted by the board and the application could then be remitted back to the appeals board for a fresh adjudication.

Mr Kenny said that High Court "judicial review is outlandishly expensive".

In an interview in which he fires a number of broadsides at the workings of An Bord Pleanála, Mr Kenny said: "I am delighted at the decision of An Bord Pleanála to withdraw from the judicial review of their Bullock Harbour decision."

The former 'Late Late Show' host said the appeals board decision to grant permission for the development "was wrong from the very outset and defied common sense".

"The council had rejected the development, the board's own inspector rejected the development. And yet, the board saw fit to disregard the advice of their own 'boots-on-the-ground', the An Bord Pleanála inspector, and give the go-ahead for a development," he said.

A Bord Pleanála spokesman declined to comment.

Irish Independent