Sunday 22 April 2018

Neighbour's planning quashed after director Jordan objects

Objection: Neil Jordan
Objection: Neil Jordan

Tim Healy

A local authority has agreed to quash planning approval for a 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 flat-roofed shelter/changing area in the rear of their neighbour Robin Power's home at Sorrento Terrace, Dalkey, Co Dublin.

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

In November, the council approved the application.

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

Mr Jordan and Ms Rawn appealed to An 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. They also brought High Court judicial review proceedings seeking to quash the council's decision.

Their counsel Michael O'Donnell yesterday told Mr Justice Paul McDermott that the council had consented to an order quashing its decision.

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

Counsel said the local authority 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the costs of a notice party in the case, Mr Power's consultants Elark, trading as Alternative Building Solutions, was withdrawn.

Irish Independent

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