‘This will go on and on ’

Pat Kenny’s Dalkey neigh­bours are fed up with plan­ning bat­tles

The Irish Mail on Sunday - - COMMENT - By Nicola Byrne

IT’S an idyl­lic and ex­pen­sive lit­tle patch of south Dublin where most could only dream of liv­ing

But this week­end, there was a weari­ness about the res­i­dents of Har­bour Road, Dalkey as round two of Pat Kenny ver­sus the Charleton fam­ily loomed.

‘I’m sick of the whole bloody lot of it,’ said one irate el­derly man.

‘I was sick of it 10 years ago and I’m sick of it now. I just wish plan­ners and de­vel­op­ers would go away and the neigh­bours would take their rows else­where,’ he said.

The ‘It’ in ques­tion was a highly pub­lic and per­sonal spat be­tween the broad­caster and his so­lic­i­tor

‘It is go­ing to cause havoc for us here’

neigh­bour, Gerry Charleton 10 years ago, the ef­fects of which are still be­ing felt.

That case ended in the courts and Mr Kenny was forced to pay Mr Charleton €2m for a patch of land that he orig­i­nally claimed to own.

Gerry Charleton died three years ago, and the Charleton fam­ily sold their home, Maple Tree House for €3.17m to a de­vel­oper.

Bar­tra Prop­er­ties, owned by Richard Bar­rett, has now ap­plied for per­mis­sion to build three apart­ment blocks and seven houses on the tiny 1.5 acre site which abutts Mr Kenny’s house, the An­chor­age,

The com­pany has also ac­quired a neigh­bour­ing site called Yon­der on Ulver­ton Road, sold to them by Charleton’s daugh­ter Gearoidín and her hus­band Corry McMa­hon.

It is, spec­u­lated an­other el­derly res­i­dent, Gerry Charleton’s fi­nal re­venge on the Kenny fam­ily.

‘It’s very pos­si­bly a last two fin­gers from Gerry to Kenny. All I know is if that the de­vel­op­ment goes ahead, it is go­ing to cause havoc for us here,’ he said.

‘Yes, peo­ple need houses, but these are lux­ury homes and cram­ming them into this tiny space isn’t go­ing to work.

‘Years ago, they might have put one house on that site, maybe two at a stretch. Now they want to put 26 homes there. It’s over the top.’

Mr Kenny and his wife Cathy lodged a 16-page doc­u­ment ob­ject­ing to the pro­posed de­vel­op­ment.

The Ken­nys op­pose the plan on a num­ber of grounds – den­sity, scale and mass­ing, de­sign, traf­fic im­pact, ef­fect on trees and habi­tat and res­i­den­tial amenity.

At least 12 other ob­jec­tions have been also been lodged and in this, at least, the neigh­bours ap­pear united.

This week­end, an of­fi­cial re­moved the plan­ning no­tice from the site, as the five-week pe­riod for mak­ing ob­jec­tions has elapsed.

One res­i­dent said it will not be the last plan­ning sign on the site.

‘This will go on and on and on,’ he said.

Mean­while, a friend of Gerry Charleton’s says the fam­ily’s de­ci­sion to sell and the re­sult­ing trauma for the Kenny fam­ily was ‘no ac­ci­dent’.

‘This will all have been thought out. Gerry was a metic­u­lous man, he had a bril­liant le­gal mind, there was noth­ing about the law he didn’t know.

‘When Kenny came up against him, well that was al­ways go­ing to be an un­even match. There was only go­ing to be one win­ner.’

‘There was only go­ing to be one win­ner’

sold: The late Gerry Charl­ton with daugh­ter Gearoidín and Corry

IdYll: Pat and Cathy Kenny who op­pose the plans for site near their Dalkey home

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