Planning crisis eases as Flatley withdraws appeal

A BREAKTHROUGH in the Castlehyde House planning wrangle between dancer Michael Flatley and Cork County Council is on the horizon.

The Lord of the Dance star yesterday withdrew an appeal to An Bórd Pleanála against the local authority’s decision to refuse permission for the retention of some of his lavish refurbishments at the mansion.

There were strong fears the €30 million project at the stately 19th century property in Fermoy would be jeopardised by the planning controversy.

A spokesperson for the dance king said last night the appeal was withdrawn to permit further negotiations with the council.

The project’s architect Peter Inston revealed: “We have withdrawn our appeal pending a further meeting with Cork County Council where it is hoped outstanding issues can be resolved.”

He said the meeting was scheduled to take place within two weeks.

The row centres on the council’s refusal to grant retention for a gymnasium and two ornamental landscaped pools with steps to the front and rear of the castle.

The multi-million dollar star had warned if An Bord Pleanala upheld the council’s decision he would be forced to review his position and, consequently, the future of the national listed building.

Friends claim Mr Flatley loved the mansion and the area and was anxious to complete the restoration programme out of his own funds.

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