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Kenny wins planning battle as council refuses 26 homes

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Pat Kenny and his wife Kathy

Pat Kenny and his wife Kathy

Pat Kenny and his wife Kathy

Broadcaster Pat Kenny and his wife Kathy have won their battle against plans for three apartment blocks and seven houses on a site next to their Dalkey home.

Dun Laoghaire-Rathdown County Council has refused planning permission to Bartra Capital Property, which had planned 19 apartments across three blocks up to four storeys tall, along with five three-bedroom homes and two semi-detached houses for the 1.4-acre site.

The Kennys had objected to the bid with a 16-page submission that suggested grounds for refusal including the scale, height and design blighting the setting of the neighbourhood as well as the amenity of other nearby properties.

In its comprehensive refusal, the planning authority echoed many of the reasons put forward by the Kennys.

The council stated that the proposed development "would seriously injure the residential amenities and depreciate the value of property in the vicinity and would thereby be contrary to the proper planning and sustainable development of the area".

In addition, the council also raised concerns about the size of the apartment blocks, their overbearing look and the overshadowing one would cause over the adjoining block.

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Richard Barrett

Richard Barrett

Richard Barrett

Concerns

In a note attached to the refusal, the council said that aside from the reasons for refusal, the planning authority has other concerns regarding the proposal.

However, the battle is not yet over for the Kennys, as Richard Barrett's Bartra Capital now has the option of appealing the decision to An Bord Pleanala or lodging plans for a smaller, revised development at the site.

The firm will be anxious to secure a return on its investment on the land, having paid €3.1m for the Maple Tree House site adjacent to the Kennys' home as well as paying for an additional adjoining strip of land to allow the planning application to be lodged last month.

The Kennys led opposition against the plan, with 17 other objections from locals also lodged.

The Kennys' objection said that, if permitted, the development "would detrimentally impact" their home and other residential properties in the area.

Planning permission should be refused as "this development is ill-thought out and appears based on the quest for density alone with scant other consideration", it added.

The Kennys said: "We have no desire to object to every development proposal, but we seek only to have appropriate development in terms of scale and function."

The couple recognised the need for new dwellings amid the nation's housing crisis, but said the proposed buildings were not the answer.

Their objection noted the "potential" of the land, but cited the council's development plan to say "any densification of brownfield lands must be balanced with respect for the receiving environment".

Consultants for Bartra Capital Property said the seven houses were modest in size for the area and were either terraced or semi-detached, while the 19 flats would provide attractive alternatives for many residents, including "empty nesters" wishing to downsize.


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