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Friday 22 September 2017

BOD and Amy given green light to extend €1.8m Rathmines mansion

Brian O’Driscoll and Amy Huberman. Photo: PA
Brian O’Driscoll and Amy Huberman. Photo: PA

Brian O'Driscoll and Amy Huberman have been given the green light to extend their €1.8m Rathmines home.

The plans for the couple's new house appeared to stall last month when their neighbours lodged a complaint about the scale of the build, which they claimed was "overbearing".

However, Brian and Amy were granted planning permission by Dublin City Council on Friday.

Their next door neighbours, Donald and Isabel Fitzmaurice, have four weeks to appeal the decision to An Bord Pleanala.

The Fitzmaurices lodged an objection last month claiming that the proposed development would "be hugely detrimental to the amenity" of their home.

Declined

The couple said that, while they had been consulted in the early stages of the planning, their new neighbours had declined to amend their scheme to accommodate their concerns.

Brian and Amy splashed out less than half the €4.3m paid by the previous owners for their dream home on Palmerston Road.

The couple plan to demolish a small two-storey extension and replace it with a larger three-storey one that will allow for the creation of a new kitchen area, an additional bedroom and a study.

The couple, who are parents to Sadie and Billy, also plan to upgrade the facade and remove the PVC windows at the property.

The planner who gave the project approval said that the proposed extension was "well-reasoned" and "an appropriate development".

Speaking about decorating her new house, Amy has previously said: "It's an old house and it needs a lot of love.

"I want to stay true to the charm of the old house, but it needs to feel like it's a functional family home for the age we're living in, because everyone lived differently in Victorian times."

She added that she spends hours thinking about the design.

"I love subway tiles and I love vintage rugs, so even if it's a clean look with an old, faded rug, that's what I'm thinking of in my head," she said.

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