Billionaire’s wife fears flooding of home

Planning consultants for the wife of billionaire, Dermot Desmond have warned that the Desmond property on one of Ireland’s most sought after addresses at Dublin 4’s Ailesbury Rd faces increased flooding risk if a neighbour’s basement plan proceeds.

In November, Dublin City Council granted planning permission to Karen Reihill to proceed with the 1,650sq ft basement plan that has a much larger floorspace that an average three-bedroom semi-detached home.

The basement will include two en-suite bedrooms, a playroom and plant room accessed via a lift. The plan also includes the demolition of an existing two-storey extension above ground and its replacement.

However, Pat Desmond has appealed the decision to An Bord Pleanála to grant planning to Ms Reihill who is married to London-based financier, Shane Reihill.

The Reihills bought St Peter’s, Ailesbury Rd, last year for €2.9m.

In the appeal lodged on behalf of Ms Desmond, planning consultant Simon Clear warns of the increased flooding risk posed by the Reihill plan. Mr Clear states that “the basement is likely to penetrate the ground water level and displacement of flooding will occur into adjoining properties”.

Mr Clear adds: “Particularly, a residential basement should not be tolerated under any circumstances and no basements should be allowed in residential conservation areas or near protected structures.”

The city council’s planner’s report in the case stated that the proposed extension would be generally in keeping with the scale and extent of the existing extension.

A decision is due on the appeal in May of this year.


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