Beaumount Lodge Nursing Home in Artane is run by Bartra Healthcare? It is Alleged Vulnerable people are not getting the Proper Care in the Home. Only one phone Line; Families cannot get any Information on their Loved ones…Why? HSE should do a Emergency Call at the Bartra Lodge for the Wellbeing of the Vulnerable Residents. One source informed us, of one elderly man’s Horror Story of his 5 week Stay at Beaumount Lodge, Bartra owned?

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Don’t vandalise my area with nursing home, pleads Pat Kenny

  3 days ago


In a bid to block a nursing home being built near his opulent Dalkey home, Pat Kenny is throwing badgers, Cinderella and accusations of ‘vandalism’ at the project to get it stopped.Pat Kenny wearing a wet suit standing in front of a building© Provided by Extra.ie

The veteran broadcaster and his wife Kathy have claimed plans to build a five-storey nursing home beside their south Dublin abode amount to ‘vandalism’.

They also reference the Cinderella fairy tale and how the 104-bedroom nursing home project planned for a site beside his home would certainly not be a happy ending for the couple.Pat Kenny wearing a suit and tie standing next to a woman: Pat Kenny his wife Kathy have claimed plans to build a five-storey nursing home beside their south Dublin abode amount to ‘vandalism’. Pic: Gareth Chaney/Collins Photos© Provided by Extra.ie Pat Kenny his wife Kathy have claimed plans to build a five-storey nursing home beside their south Dublin abode amount to ‘vandalism’. Pic: Gareth Chaney/Collins Photos

The Kennys and other neighbours are even hoping that badgers will come to their rescue in blocking the build as they have co-commissioned a consultant ecologist to speak on behalf of their furry neighbours.

The couple’s personal objection to the plans by Bartra Capital is a hard-hitting 15 pages long, running to over 5,000 words.

The Kenny submission is one of 37 lodged by locals with Dún Laoghaire Rathdown County Council concerning the planned scheme with Dalkey Community Council, adding its weight behind the strong local opposition against the Bartra plan.a large brick building: The nursing home plan, seen here as an artist’s impression.© Provided by Extra.ie The nursing home plan, seen here as an artist’s impression.

In their objection concerning the proposed development site, the Kennys remark: ‘As in the pantomime, we suggest that the developers are attempting to stuff an “Ugly Sister’s foot into Cinderella’s delicate slipper”.’

Currently the local residents enjoy ‘a peaceful, quiet, sylvan setting, surrounded by nature,’ the Kennys argue.

They said the proposal inserts ‘a monolithic concrete structure effectively in the middle of back gardens of current residents adjoining the site’. And they are leaving no stone unturned in their opposition against the plan.Pat Kenny standing in front of a building: Currently the local residents enjoy ‘a peaceful, quiet, sylvan setting, surrounded by nature,’ the Kennys argue. Pic: VIP Ireland© Provided by Extra.ie Currently the local residents enjoy ‘a peaceful, quiet, sylvan setting, surrounded by nature,’ the Kennys argue. Pic: VIP Ireland

Along with their 15-page objection, the Kennys are also signatories to a separate group objection drafted by planning consultant, Hendrik W van der Kamp. Eleven other households have also signed up to the group objection where Mr van der Kamp argues that the proposed development would seriously injure residential amenities of adjoining property due to an oppressive impact on the views from these houses.

Also together with eight other households in the area, the Kennys have commissioned a consultant ecologist, Billy Flynn, to make a separate submission on the residents’ behalf on the impact that the planned nursing home will have on badgers in the area.

In his report, Mr Flynn warns that any attempts to exclude or translocate badgers as part of the proposed scheme ‘would result in the extinction of this badger group’.Pat Kenny et al. posing for the camera: In their own objection, the Kennys state that the proposed development site for the nursing home is located in an old quarry which ‘has created an oasis and a safe habitat for both humans and the creatures of the natural world’. Pic: Gareth Chaney/Collins Photos© Provided by Extra.ie In their own objection, the Kennys state that the proposed development site for the nursing home is located in an old quarry which ‘has created an oasis and a safe habitat for both humans and the creatures of the natural world’. Pic: Gareth Chaney/Collins Photos

A badger conservation plan lodged on behalf of Bartra claims the development will not have a significant impact on the badger sett structure once proposed mitigation measures have been implemented.

In their own objection, the Kennys state that the proposed development site for the nursing home is located in an old quarry which ‘has created an oasis and a safe habitat for both humans and the creatures of the natural world’.

They argue: ‘This proposal would change the entire character of the neighbourhood, and hugely diminish the enjoyment that each currently has in their own property.Pat Kenny wearing a suit and tie: In a bid to block a nursing home being built near his opulent Dalkey home, Pat Kenny is throwing badgers, Cinderella and accusations of ‘vandalism’ at the project to get it stopped. Pic: Fran Veale© Provided by Extra.ie In a bid to block a nursing home being built near his opulent Dalkey home, Pat Kenny is throwing badgers, Cinderella and accusations of ‘vandalism’ at the project to get it stopped. Pic: Fran Veale

‘Placing a five-storey building in this setting amounts to vandalism.’

The Kennys also state that if the nursing home is permitted, it ‘would detrimentally impact’ on their home, The Anchorage, which adjoins the nursing home site to the south east.

The Kennys argue that the build ‘would also set a precedent that could ultimately seriously damage the character of the area’.

The couple say that the proposal should be refused on a number of grounds. They claim: ‘The development proposed would utterly change the character of the neighbourhood, by inserting what is effectively a large commercially driven five-storey project into a two-storey domestic housing environment.’Pat Kenny wearing a suit and a woman posing for a picture: The Kennys argue that the build ‘would also set a precedent that could ultimately seriously damage the character of the area’. Pic: Photocall Ireland© Provided by Extra.ie The Kennys argue that the build ‘would also set a precedent that could ultimately seriously damage the character of the area’. Pic: Photocall Ireland

On the traffic impact of the proposal, the Kennys argue that the proposed scheme ‘as well as grossly interfering with our legal right to unhindered passage across the laneway to our home, both during construction and after completion, it will inevitably lead to congestion/parking on Harbour Road, which is already extremely challenged’.

On behalf of Dalkey Community Council, Dr Susan McDonnell has requested that planning permission be refused ‘in view of our widespread concerns’.

Fine Gael councillor Mary Fayne has also lodged an objection and she that she is strongly against the scheme due to its inappropriate location and how it would overlook several homes.

The application, rising from two to five storeys, comes 18 months after Bartra secured the green light for 18 apartments and six houses on the 1.4-acre Yonder site.a close up of a woman smiling for the camera: Fine Gael councillor Mary Fayne has also lodged an objection and she that she is strongly against the scheme due to its inappropriate location and how it would overlook several homes. Pic: Fine Gael© Provided by Extra.ie Fine Gael councillor Mary Fayne has also lodged an objection and she that she is strongly against the scheme due to its inappropriate location and how it would overlook several homes. Pic: Fine Gael

Bartra only obtained planning permission for the apartments from An Bord Pleanála after a planning battle with local residents, including the Kennys, over the apartment scheme.

The nursing home plan replaces the apartment plan initially proposed for the site.

However, planning documents lodged with the application contend the nursing home scheme will have a significantly reduced impact on the Kenny home and neighbouring properties than the permitted apartment scheme.

In the documents lodged on behalf of Bartra by Thornton O’Connor Town Planning, Patricia Thornton has stated that unlike the permitted scheme, there is no development in the southern portion of the site and this significantly reduces the impact of the property on the surrounding dwellings at the southern end.

Ms Thornton also contends that what is proposed will provide ‘a much needed nursing home facility for the area’.

A decision is due on the application next month. If Bartra is unsuccessful with the proposed scheme, the company can still proceed to construct the permitted apartment scheme.

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