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Dalkey resident Pat Kenny

Dalkey resident Pat Kenny

Dalkey resident Pat Kenny

Planning permission for a high-profile development in Dalkey has again been granted after An Bord Plean-ala dismissed an inspector's recommendation to turn it down.

Broadcaster Pat Kenny, who lives in Dalkey, has already hit out against the practice by the board after it gave the green light last year to an apartment complex beside his home.

It overruled the recommendation of its own inspector to refuse planning permission.

Challenge

This followed the board app- roving a mixed-use development at Bulloch Harbour in Dalkey after its inspector recommendation it be refused.

Kenny is one of hundreds of local people who contribute financially to a High Court challenge against that decision.

Last week, the board told solicitors for a residents' group that it will concede the judicial review challenge.

Now it has caused anger again by granting planning permission to Winterbrook Homes (Dalkey) Ltd for 94 apartments at Charleville, Harbour Road, after overruling the recommendation of its inspector.

Dalkey Community Council and a number of residents had objected to the plan.

However, the board has granted permission after order- ing the omission of a floor in one of the blocks comprising 11 apartments, reducing the number to 94 to overcome "overlooking" concerns.

The inspector in the case recommended refusal as the development would "seriously injure the amenities" of two nearby homes because of overlooking and overbearing from block B.

Speaking on the general issue last week, Kenny said that "all decisions, where the board has overruled its own inspectors, must now be reviewed, and if necessary quashed".

The Newstalk presenter added: "The stress and aggravation caused to communities by decisions which overrule the advice of the board's own inspectors cannot be overstated."

In the Winterbrook plann-ing application, An Bord Pleanala granted permission after finding that the proposal "represents an appropriate balance between the prov- ision of higher residential densities and the protection of existing amenities and the established character of the area".

It said the plan provides for the sustainable and efficient use of land within a public transport sector.

In its objection, Dalkey Community Council contended that the proposed density and scale of the development "is too high in relation to the surrounding architecture and will dominate the area".

Community council chair Dr Susan McDonnell argued that the proposed development "will adversely dominate the surrounding buildings with a loss of amenities".

"A major concern is the quantum of traffic that will be gener- ated by this development," she said.

"It cannot be overstated enough that there already exists huge problems for traffic flow along Harbour Road at peak times."