Monday 23 July 2018

Neighbour of director Neil Jordan loses planning approval for bathing changing area at Dalkey home

Neil Jordan. Photo: David Conachy
Neil Jordan. Photo: David Conachy

A LOCAL authority has agreed to quash planning approval for bathing changing area at the home of a neighbour of film-maker Neil Jordan, the High Court heard.

Mr Jordan and his wife Brenda Rawn objected to the enclosed flat roofed shelter/changing area in the rear of their neighbour Robin Power's home at Sorrento Terrace, Dalkey, Co Dublin.

The shelter is 11 square metres and three metres in height.

Dun Laoghaire-Rathdown Co Council last August decided the development required planning permission and a retention application was lodged.

In November, the council approved the application. 

Mr Jordan his wife objected as did Ian Lumley of An Taisce who said the development was injurious to the architectural composition and design of Sorrento Terrace.

Mr Jordan and Ms Rawn appealed to An Bord Pleanala.

They also brought High Court judicial review proceedings seeking to quash the council decision.

Their counsel Michael O'Donnell told Mr Justice Paul McDermott Thursday (April 14)  the council had consented to an order quashing its decision.

It agreed to have the matter remitted back to it (council) on grounds that it failed to notify three prescribed bodies of the matter.

Counsel said the council was also consenting to paying his clients' costs.

The judge said he would make the order sought.

An application for the costs of a notice party in the case, Mr Power's consultants Elark, trading as Alternative Building Solutions, was withdrawn.

In their appeal to Bord Pleanala, consultants for Mr Jordan and Ms Rawn said there had been a fundamental failure by the neighbour to abide by established rules and guidance for the development of Sorrento Terrace.

It was argued the terrace had, from its inception, conformed to very specific rules to ensure it and the protected structures within it, as well as the residential amenity of neighbours, has been preserved and protected.

The ad hoc extension of the structure in the manner carried out undermined the essential historical character of the structure and surrounding area from many protected viewpoints as well as from  the sea, it was stated.

It would also depreciate the value of property in the vicinity, it was claimed.

Mr Power's consultants argued the modest design of the shelter/changing room would not be visible from Sorrento Road or adjoining properties due to extensive existing screening and planting.

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