jimg wrote: If this is the case, then their actions make a complete mockery of the planning process.
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http://www.ireland.com/newspaper/ireland/2006/0809/1154691538381.html wrote:Property developer Fergal Gaughran has agreed to reconstruct a â‚¬3 million dormer bungalow that he bought in the Mount Merrion area of south Dublin and which was almost completely demolished without planning permission.
Mr Gaughran and his wife, Jane, of Holywell, Kilmacud Road Upper, Dublin, have consented in the Circuit Civil Court to "fully reconstruct the house at No 1, The Rise, Mount Merrion, Dublin, to its condition prior to the commencement of unauthorised demolition works".
Carol O'Farrell, counsel for DÃºn Laoghaire-Rathdown County Council, told Judge Jacqueline Linnane that the Gaughrans had consented to the order to reconstruct the house insofar as is practicable.
Mr Gaughran, managing director of the UK-based Gaughran Homes Ltd, bought the house at an auction in 2005 for a reported â‚¬3 million. Last March he was granted permission by An Bord PleanÃ¡la to remove a 16sq m extension to the house's living-room at the rear of the property and enlarge the home at the front, side and rear.
In April, the council rejected a separate application to demolish the two-storey dormer dwelling and build a new five-bedroom one in its place.
In their decision they said the old structure was "in harmony" with its surroundings and added that "its demolition and replacement would neither protect nor improve the residential amenities of the area".
Ms O'Farrell told the court that when council officials inspected the house on June 22nd they found it had been substantially demolished, leaving only one small corner section.
She told the judge that the Gaughrans had agreed to fully reconstruct the house to its condition prior to the demolition works save as to the extent of the modifications and alterations for which planning permission was granted.
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A builder who paid more than â‚¬7 million for a detached 1920s house in Palmerston Park and subsequently demolished most of it has sought planning permission from Dublin City Council to build a new house on the site.
The planning application was lodged by Felix Whelan, who owns Garland Homes, three weeks after he was served with an enforcement order by the council halting demolition work on the original house because it was in breach of an earlier permission.
According to a spokesman for the council, Mr Whelan had permission to build a large extension to the side and rear of the house on a half-acre site at the corner of Palmerston Park and Orchard Road.
This would have involved partial demolition of the house.
However, after local residents complained about the extent of the demolition work, planning enforcement officer Barry White inspected the site and found that only part of the ground-floor front wall was still standing.
Mr Whelan said the new house, designed by McCrossan O'Rourke Manning Architects, would be "in character" with the original house, Grianblah, which was built by Manning Robertson, a distinguished architect and town planner in Dublin during the 1920s and 1930s.
When it was put up for auction by Lisney estate agents in March 2005, the guide price was €3 million. With a floor area of 244 sq m (2,626 sq ft), the Arts and Crafts-style house was described as having a rambling layout with quirky interior details and secluded gardens.
Pity you guys objected, I was looking forward to seeing what they'd build there!
Is that wrong????
publicrealm wrote:Interesting that they have apparently chosen not to invalidate (on the grounds that the Application effectively 'pockets' the gain made by virtue of the unauthorised development on site (i.e. the demolition)).
Could set an interesting legal precedent - with potential implications for Conservation Areas - but they are possible constrained by their earlier decision to sanction the demolition shown in the drawings - which did not accord with the public notices.
ctesiphon wrote:Could you elaborate a bit, publicrealm?
Once I understand the issues more clearly, I'll gladly get all Jesuitical on this one.
altotude wrote:Anyone know what's going on with Grianblah? Permission was granted ages ago and, despite the owner's rush to get started the first time, nothing's happened. Still boarded up, graffitied. Horrible eyesore on a beautiful park.