Tuesday 12 December 2017

Nice try - Amy and Brian's dream home held up in plan row

The house purchased by Brian O'Driscoll and Amy Huberman
The house purchased by Brian O'Driscoll and Amy Huberman

Gordon Deegan

Brian O'Driscoll and Amy Huberman's plans to revamp their new €1.8m dream family home in south Dublin have fallen foul of their next door neighbours.

The couple's new neighbours, Donald and Isabel Fitzmaurice, of Palmerston Road, Rathmines, have lodged an objection with Dublin City Council against the scale of the O'Driscoll/Huberman plan.

A drawing of the planned extension
A drawing of the planned extension

The Fitzmaurices live in the adjoining semi-detached home on the exclusive road.

In a comprehensive objection lodged on behalf of the Fitzmaurices, director of Coda Architects Brian O'Donnell claims the impact and overbearing nature of the proposed development "will be hugely detrimental to the amenity" of the adjoining Fitzmaurice home.

Mr O'Donnell also takes issue with a statement by planning consultants for the celebrity couple lodged with the City Council that the Fitzmaurices were consulted throughout the design stages "and are satisfied that appropriate measures have been taken to ensure that the proposal will not result in the dis-amenity to their property".

In the objection, Mr O'Donnell stated: "Whilst some consultation did take place, the applicants in the end declined to amend their scheme to accommodate the concerns of my clients in relation to the extent of the proposed development."

The original main room
The original main room

O'Driscoll and Huberman have yet to move in. Their application includes a new three-storey rear extension to replace the existing "non original" two-storey extension and a new single-storey side and rear extension.

However, Mr O'Donnell stated "we believe that the scale of the proposed development and its effect in multiple locations to the existing house will have an adverse impact on the character and amenity of the adjoining dwelling and contrary to the Dublin City Development Plan".

Mr O'Donnell is requesting the Council restricts the extent of the development where it significantly impacts on the Fitzmaurice home.

Mr O'Donnell stated: "We submit that reasonable restrictions on the proposed development would enable the development proceed whilst respecting the rights and amenities of the adjoining owner."

Last year, O'Driscoll and Huberman bought the Victorian property for €1.8m and was less than half the €4.3m the previous owners paid for the home in 2006.

In December, the couple successfully secured permission for an extension to the five-year planning permission attached to the property.

However, they lodged a fresh planning application last month for an even larger extension to the home.

A decision is due by Dublin City Council on the plan next month.

Irish Independent

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