De Buitlear ob­jects to Del­gany plan­ning bid

August 2009

Wicklow People (West Edition) - - NEWS -

DEL­GANY en­vi­ron­men­tal­ist and TV pre­sen­ter Ea­mon de Buitlear is at the cen­tre of a plan­ning dis­pute in his home vil­lage.

He is one of the ob­jec­tors to the de­mo­li­tion of a cot­tage close to the Del­gany Inn and plans to build a three-bed, two-story home there.

Ea­mon and his wife Laili, also a fierce de­fender of the lo­cal en­vi­ron­ment, be­lieve that any de­mo­li­tion would neg­a­tively af­fect his own neigh­bour­ing cot­tage.

The ap­pli­ca­tion is now sub­ject to a num­ber of con­di­tions to be fulfilled by ap­pli­cant Charles O’Neill. Any work must not ‘in­jure vis­ual ameni­ties in the area or the res­i­den­tial ameni­ties of ad­join­ing prop­er­ties.’ He must also pay €21, 200 as a con­tri­bu­tion to pub­lic in­fra­struc­ture.

Ea­mon said that the house is of lo­cal im­por­tance, and is ‘at the his­toric core,’ of the Del­gany Ar­chi­tec­tural Con­ser­va­tion area. Other con­di­tions re­late to light­ing on the site, the treat­ment of the boundary area and even the colour of the house, as ex­ter­nal walls must have ce­ment-ren­dered fin­ish and be dashed or painted in an off-white colour.

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