McGurk seeks to stop development near his home

Tom McGurk: 40 years on TV this year.

RTÉ broadcaster Tom McGurk and his wife, PR guru Caroline Kennedy, want to prevent a building firm’s residential development on a former hospital site near their home in Dublin 4.

An architect acting on behalf of Mr McGurk and Ms Kennedy has told An Bord Pleanála the plan by Bryant Park Construction Ltd, if it proceeded, “would undoubtedly cause a considerable decrease in the value of their home.”

Forty years on television this year, Mr McGurk has anchored RTÉ’s rugby coverage for the past 17 years, and was formerly married to RTÉ presenter Miriam O’Callaghan.

Ms Kennedy heads up her own Dublin PR firm, Kennedy PR, and also sits on the board of the internationally renowned fashion business operated by her sister, Louise Kennedy.

Mr McGurk and Ms Kennedy are one of a number of parties to have appealed to An Bord Pleanála Dublin City Council’s decision to grant permission to Bryant Park Construction to develop 13 residential units on the former hospital site at Bloomfield Avenue, Donnybrook.

The McGurk appeal, drawn up by architect, Pierce Fitzpatrick, said the proposals “will combine to negatively impact on their residential amenity and their quality of life generally”.

The proposal also includes balconies facing into the McGurk/Kennedy property and Mr Fitzpatrick argues that the balconies will further compromise the privacy of his clients and their neighbours.

Architect for the applicants, Paul Tyndall, told Dublin City Council that “the residential development as proposed will contribute towards a sustainable residential neighbourhood.”

The development comprises 10 two-bedroom apartments, two three-bedroom apartments, and one four-bedroom house.

The council gave the plan the go-ahead after concluding it would not have a significant negative impact on the visual and residential amenities of the area, and would positively contribute to the retention of the historic fabric of the area.

A decision is due on the appeal next year.


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