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Illegal salon at FF man's property faces closure

A BEAUTY salon operating out of a Dublin premises owned by a Fianna Fail councillor does not have planning approval.

Cllr Tom Murphy, who is based in Sandyford, was refused permission by Dun Laoghaire/ Rathdown County Council to retain the hair and beauty salon.

The decision has led to fears the business may have to be shut down, leading to job losses.

Mr Murphy had applied to the local authority to be allowed to keep the salon at the former Murphystone Works on Murphystown Road, Co Dublin.

But planners turned down the application, meaning the business is at risk of having to shut its doors. Mr Murphy told the Herald that the premises was used previously by his family as a showroom for their stone business.

"Then it was rented to a company but unfortunately they went out of business. They had a coffee shop. So a hairdressing company came to us and asked us could they rent it off of us and we said they could.

"But subsequent to that, we didn't realise that we had to have planning for a hairdresser's salon. We thought because of the history ... we didn't need planning permission but we were informed by the council we did.



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"We applied for planning permission but we were refused by the council for the retention of the hairdressers."

He said the business employs 10 people from the area and they are "very concerned" over this.

"We are going to appeal [the council's decision] to An Bord Pleanala," Mr Murphy revealed.

He said they will not have to close down the hairdressers in the meantime "unless the council get very sticky with us".

"The council normally wait for that process to run through. They can do an enforcement on us alright but we'll have to wait and see if they do or they don't. Hopefully, they won't," Mr Murphy added.

Elaine and Gina Ballante, the two sisters who run the salon, House of Hair & Beauty, admitted they are worried about the implications of the decision.

Speaking to the Herald, Elaine said they "don't have a clue yet" what they are going to do.

"They could tell us to stop trading whenever they want to if they want to go down that road," she said.

Elaine added: "We thought it had planning permission when we went in. And we presumed when they applied for it it wouldn't be a problem. It's not like we have a lap-dancing club."

In its decision, the council said the salon is located within an area and on a site zoned for residential development.

It is located "away from an identified nearby zoned neighbourhood centre" and "would represent a haphazard and piecemeal form of development that would seriously injure the amenities of the area and depreciate the value of properties in the vicinity into the future".

comurphy@herald.ie