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Pat Kenny and wife Cathy have objected to the development

Pat Kenny and wife Cathy have objected to the development

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Pat Kenny and wife Cathy have objected to the development

The building firm seeking to construct an apartment block and housing plan on land adjacent to broadcaster Pat Kenny's home has offered to reduce the scale of the development.

Last November, Dun Laoghaire-Rathdown Council refused planning permission to Bartra Capital Property for three apartment blocks and seven houses on land beside the Kenny home in Dalkey.

The application consists of 19 apartments in three blocks ranging up to four storeys, along with five three-bedroom homes and two semi-detached homes on the 1.4-acre site.

Bartra appealed the decision to An Bord Pleanala and in its bid to secure the green light is proposing revised plans.

It is proposing the omission of one of the homes and the location of one of the apartment blocks being further away from one of the residential properties on adjoining land.

Impact

Bartra is also proposing the recessing of the upper floors of one block, aimed at reducing the visual impact.

In a submission to the appeals board, the council has stated the changes are significant, material and have not been publicly advertised.

As a result, the council said the proposed changes should not be considered in the context of the appeal but should instead be subject to a new application and "a fresh assessment".

In response, consultants for Bartra, McGill Planning, disagree that the changes require a fresh planning application.

The consultants say "the suggested alterations could not be considered significant or material to require further public advertisement in such cases".

The appeals board has written to the local authority asking it to reply to the points raised by McGill Planning.

Richard Barrett's Bartra is anxious to see a return on the reported €3.1m his firm paid for the Maple Tree House site adjacent to the Kenny home and an additional 0.51 acre site.

The comprehensive Kenny objection lodged with the council ran to 16 pages.

It states that if permitted, the development "would detrimentally impact on The Anchorage" and other residential properties in the area.

"It would also set a precedent that could ultimately seriously damage the character of the area," it added.

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

"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 Kennys said.

A decision is due next month.

Meanwhile, the green light has been given for a €35m development which includes a new 117-bedroom hotel on Dublin's Dawson Street.

This follows Dublin City Council granting the go-ahead to the plan which also includes the redevelopment of the Royal Irish Automobile Club's (RIAC) private members' club.

The project is being led by Tetrarch Capital, which counts the Marker Hotel and Citywest Hotel in its portfolio.

Library

Tetrarch firm Miro Hotel 2 Limited purchased the Dawson Hotel on Dawson Street and Anne's Lane. The RIAC is located next door and the plan reconfigures the RIAC and creates the 117-bedroom hotel.

Established in 1901, the RIAC is a private members' club and the club currently provides two restaurants, a bar and a members' reading room, along with a substantial library.

Recommending that planning permission be granted, the council's planner's report stated "the proposal is welcomed and given the location of the site and the surrounding context, the proposed scheme is deemed to be acceptable".

The work is expected to take two years.