The Dublin site, part-owned by Robert Troy, was the focus of the planning series, overseen by former Bord Pleanála Vice-Chairman


A site owned by under-fire junior minister Robert Troy has been at the center of a planning dispute overseen by former Bord Pleanála deputy leader Paul Hyde.

r Troy referred to the website in a list of his assets and business interests, which he released after it was revealed he had failed to report three properties he had sold to local authorities.

The Minister said he had alerted the Clerk of the Dáil to the sale of the garden of one of his “registered plots” on Rathdown Road in Dublin.

The website appears in a list of business interests revealed by Fianna Fáil TD, including being asked to rent from Westmeath County Council under the two property rental housing scheme and renting a room in his house under the Rent-a-Room scheme.

Mr Hyde, who is at the center of a Garda inquiry into decisions he made as vice-chairman of An Bord Pleanála, gave approval for two houses on properties jointly owned by Mr Troy and his business partner John Noel McGivney after local residents opposed the development .

There is no indication of impropriety in approving the development, but there are concerns in government over the legitimacy of the planning decisions Mr Hyde made after investigating possible conflicts of interest when he was on the board.

Mr Hyde has denied any wrongdoing in relation to the Garda inquiries.

Mr McGivney, a care home operator, applied to Dublin City Council for planning permission in 2018 to build two three bedroom townhouses on Rathdown Road near the third level Grangegorman campus of Dublin College, TD Dublin.

The development was proposed on a strip of land owned by the two men adjacent to a roadside house they own.

Mr McGivney and Mr Troy were registered as owners of the house just off North Circular Road, according to land registry entries in February 2016. A mortgage with the AIB is registered on the property by the co-owners.

The sale of the house does not appear to be listed on the residential property price register. Two years later, Mr McGivney applied for permission to build the two townhouses adjacent to the property he owns with Mr Troy.

Locals have expressed concerns about the development of two modern houses on a Victorian-era street. The Rathdown Road and District Residents Association objected to the proposal on a number of grounds.

The development “does not respond appropriately to the architectural quality of the adjacent terrace,” it said.

They said the “visually disturbing juxtaposition” of the existing and proposed building was apparent from the developer’s plans.

The community group also expressed objections to the project’s proposed floor-to-ceiling windows, which they say will “result in a ‘Tracey Emin’s Bed’ phenomenon, where beds (made or unmade) will be visible from the street.”

Other objections raised concerns about ownership of the property to be developed, possibly resulting in Mr Troy submitting a letter to the local authority stating he was a co-owner of the property.

The residents group appealed to An Bord Pleanála to stop the development after Dublin City Council gave its approval.

They said that townhouses in their proposed form “would be lacking in character and would not integrate with the historic architectural quality of Victorian-style homes”.

They also raised health and safety concerns, as well as structural concerns about the development. According to a Bord Pleanála inspector’s report, they asked questions about ownership of the site.

Mr McGivney replied, saying the development was a “modest intrusion on the streetscape” and that there was “precedent for contemporary style-infill developments in the area”.

An inspector from Bord Pleanála
decided in favor of Mr McGivney. The proposed development would respect the character of existing development within the area, he said.

The order, which gives approval for the development, including some conditions for the design, was signed and approved by An Bord Pleanála Vice-Chairman, Paul Hyde.

Mr Troy did not respond to questions about the development or sale of a garden on the Rathdown Road site. He also did not respond to questions that the property was not listed on the residential property price register. The Dublin site, part-owned by Robert Troy, was the focus of the planning series, overseen by former Bord Pleanála Vice-Chairman

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