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Kenny says he'll take a fine-tooth comb to new proposal for nursing home next to his house in Dalkey


Pat Kenny with wife Cathy

Pat Kenny with wife Cathy

Pat Kenny with wife Cathy

Broadcaster Pat Kenny has said he is "taken aback by the scale, bulk and size" of a five-storey, 104-bedroom nursing home proposed for lands beside his home in Dalkey.

The Newstalk presenter was commenting on plans by Richard Barrett's Bartra Capital for the planned Yonder nursing facility.

The application comes 18 months after Bartra secured the go-ahead for 18 apartments and six houses on the 1.4-acre Yonder site.

Bartra only obtained planning permission from An Bord Pleanála after a battle with local residents, including Kenny and his wife Cathy, over the apartment scheme.

The nursing home plan replaces the apartments proposal for the site.


"I was surprised to see this new application and taken aback by the scale, bulk and size of such an enterprise in an infill site in a residential area," Kenny said.

The proposed nursing home rises from two to five storeys.

Mr Kenny said that at five storeys in places, the scheme is one storey higher than the original apartment plan proposal.

He said the planned development site is surrounded by 10 householders' back gardens, and added that what is planned "is effectively a commercial enterprise" and "the equivalent of dropping a 104-bedroom hospital" into a residential area.

He said he will now go through the application "with a fine-tooth comb".

"I want to look at the detail to see all the difficulties that were presented in the original apartment scheme application and see if there has been any attempt to resolve those," he said.

He added that he is "certain" he will be lodging a submission with Dún Laoghaire-Rathdown County Council on the plan.

"The nature of that observation will depend on the nature of the application. There are so many issues with this plan," he said.

Documents lodged with the planning application contend the scheme will have a significantly reduced impact on the Kenny home and neighbouring properties than the permitted apartment scheme.

In the documents lodged by Thornton O'Connor Town Planning, Patricia Thornton states that, unlike the permitted scheme, there is no development in the southern portion of the site and this significantly reduces the impact on the surrounding dwellings.

She said the nursing home has been designed to minimise the potential impact on surrounding properties.

She added that the scheme's location close to Dalkey village and the local Dart station will ensure future residents have the opportunity to remain living within their community.


Ms Thornton said future residents will be provided with medical care and support while also enjoying the benefit of existing social and community infrastructure.

She contended that what is proposed represents a significant investment in an under-utilised infill site providing "a much needed nursing home facility for the area".

The principal objective is to contribute towards reducing the shortage of residential care home beds, she said.

A decision is due on the application in March, and if Bartra is unsuccessful it can proceed with its apartments plan for the site.