Kearney gets green light for plush new pad
RUGBY star Rob Kearney can start building his plush new Dublin home after he got final approval for the project.
Kearney was celebrating along with his actress girlfriend Susie Amy following the decision by An Bord Pleanala to give the proposal the green light.
Dublin City Council had already approved the plan but a nearby resident appealed the decision.
However, the board has now come down in favour of the Leinster fullback -- subject to a number of conditions.
Kearney was given permission to demolish the house in Ranelagh and construct another property in its place.
He had bought the four-bed property with the intention of knocking it down and transforming it into a contemporary home.
Kearney is believed to have paid close to €650,000 for the detached house on Sandford Road.
Planning approval was granted to demolish the 1,680sqft property and replace it with a home twice the size.
Among the conditions imposed is that all windows at first-floor level on either side of the property will have to be permanently glazed with obscure glass.
The front boundary wall will also have to be setback in line with the adjoining homes.
In addition, the details of the materials, colours and textures of all the external finishes will have to be submitted to -- and agreed in writing with -- the city council prior to start of building works.
Objectors to the proposal had raised a number of issues.
One neighbour said the site notice had not been placed "in a conspicuous position where it is easily visible and legible".
The resident added that "the incorrect fee accompanied the application", while the address of the property was "incorrectly stated as 92 Sandyford Road".
Kearney, from Co Louth, is believed to currently live in an apartment in Dublin's docklands.
His new home will be open-plan downstairs with four double bedrooms upstairs. The property will also extend to about 2,900sq ft.
The house is one of the few properties on the road that is not a protected structure.
The road is made up of Victorian and Tudor-inspired homes.