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Haugheys want green belt axed for new homes

A SON of former Taoiseach Charles Haughey wants a development plan altered to allow for the building of two houses for his children.

Conor Haughey and his wife Jackie have lodged a submission with Fingal County Council over the Fingal Development Plan.

Ms Haughey has run a successful creche from the family home, Feltrim House, for many years.

Now the Haugheys want a "special objective" placed on the one-acre site on the Feltrim Road, south of Malahide, to provide for two houses for their children, who currently live with them. The site, adjacent to the family home, is zoned 'green belt'.

Councillors will resume their deliberations on the new development plan next month.

A submission prepared by JC Consulting on behalf of the Haugheys, says that if the objective is accepted, the houses will be "retained for family members only".

The applicants have no problem with such a stipulation being incorporated into the objective, it said.

"The existing green belt zoning is inappropriate, given the size of the site and particularly its location adjoining Roadstone Quarry and residential cottages to the west, Streamstown Wood to the north and Myra Manor to the West," the submission said.

"It is clear this is an infill site which would not affect the physical or visual amenity of the lands," it added. "The objective sought is considered to be reasonable."

The submission also said that the objective would not be "inconsistent or incongruous with any aspect of the surrounding aspect".

"Once built, the dwellings would blend quickly into their environment and would not detract in any way from the established pattern and character of the area," it said.


The submission said the applicants have lived in the area for most of their lives.

"They are therefore anxious to offer the same chance to their children to remain in the area of their birth and will give the sites to them in order to provide for two houses."

Both the applicants were involved with charitable fundraising, the local groups, schools and with the local community in general, the submission added.