Former Kerry star Paul Galvin and his wife Louise Duffy have been embroiled in a scheduling dispute

Former Kerry GAA star Paul Galvin and his wife, former Today FM presenter Louise Duffy, are embroiled in a planning dispute with their neighbors over a proposed extension to their Dublin home.

Group called Concerned Residents of Leeson Village and Leeson Park Avenue in Ranelagh are one of two parties who have appealed to An Bord Pleanála against Dublin City Council’s recent decision to give the couple planning permission to build an extra storey on their bungalow home.

Local authority approved an application by Galvin and Duffy to raise the roof of their existing home in Leeson Village to create a new three-bedroom first-floor home.

Local residents claimed the development was a “visually incongruous pop-up feature in the streetscape.”

The couple, who have lived in Leeson Village since 2013, claimed the home worked for them as a younger couple, but struggled to meet the day-to-day demands of their current situation as a family with two young children.

Whilst looking for more suitable accommodation in the Ranelagh area, the couple said they have repeatedly returned to the prospect of making their existing home work as they loved the setting and the area.

Consultants who worked for Galvin and Duffy said they were “already woven into the fabric of the local community.”

They said the couple have become close “on a human level” to several elderly neighbors over the years and have been a source of contact, help and support for many residents during the Covid-19 pandemic.

A neighbor who wrote a letter of support to Galvin and Duffy described them as “a delightful couple – pleasant, helpful and cheerful”.

The neighbor said planning permission for the extension “would benefit all of us in the village”.


From planning documents submitted for a proposed extension to the Dublin home of former GAA star Paul Galvin and his wife Louise Duffy

However, advisors to the residents group said their clients would be significantly impacted by the proposed development as the construction of an extra storey would mean that the gardens of the adjacent properties would be overlooked with an attendant loss of privacy.

“If allowed, it would materially and irrevocably change the character of Leeson Village, resulting in ongoing negative effects resulting from a significant reduction in daylight and sunlight for nearby residents,” the group added.

The consultants said minor design changes made by Galvin and Duffy were “completely insufficient” to address other residents’ concerns and the impact of the development was “completely unacceptable”.

They said the impact would be severe enough to reduce the value of other properties in the area.

Local residents also claimed the expansion would overbuild the site and would be “a visually incongruous pop-up feature in the streetscape.”

House worked for them as a younger couple but struggled to meet the day-to-day demands of a family with two young children

They said the bungalows were designed as accessible one-bedroom homes for “shorter people, older couples and single retired people.”

Converting the property into a three-bed home to accommodate a growing family without adequate garden space would place an undue burden on the existing common area, residents said.

The council planners had decided that there was scope for such an expansion without affecting the character of the area as the couple’s home was at the end of a row of bungalows within a gated community.

However, they stipulated that the rear eaves of the first floor extension be reduced and the layout of the master bedroom reorganized to reduce undue impact on adjacent properties.

A decision by An Bord Pleanála on the case is due by the end of November. Former Kerry star Paul Galvin and his wife Louise Duffy have been embroiled in a scheduling dispute

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