Plan for home in Dalkey delayed

by Gazette Reporter

BRITISH retirement homes specialist Pegasus Life Ltd, the company which recently purchased the Richmond Cheshire Home for people with disabilities in Monkstown, has come up against several objections to another proposed development in Dalkey.
The developer applied for planning permission from Dun Laoghaire-Rathdown County Council to construct a 57-unit retirement complex off Barnhill Road.
However, objections were lodged by the Department of Arts, Heritage and the Gaeltacht, and 59 others, to the proposed five-storey building for the over-55s.
The proposal includes six four-storey blocks in two terraces with a recessed fifth floor over a basement car park.
Residents of the development would have access to various on-site facilities including a gym, wellness suite, dining area, reflection and relaxation rooms, physical therapy/care suites and a residents’ lounge.
In its submission, the Department of Arts and Heritage noted that the topography of the site would result in the proposed development “imposing on Dalkey Lodge” – a mid-18th century protected structure.
The Department also noted that no visual impact assessment had been carried out and recommended the council insist that a qualified and experienced conservation professional assess the current planning application under Chapter 13 of the Architectural Heritage Protection Guidelines.
Cllr Cormac Devlin (FF) said: “The proposed five-storey development is out of character with the low-rise residential nature and character of a heritage town like Dalkey.
“The development imposes on a protected structure and would overlook the properties around the perimeter of the site, affecting their residential amenity.”
Cllr Devlin held an information meeting on the proposed development on March 2, which was attended by more than 40 local residents.

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