May 12, 2009

Bono wants to expand

From The Herald:

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By Jane Last

Monday May 11 2009

Bono's ambitious plans to extend his Killiney mansion are before the council again.

The U2 rocker was given the green light to proceed with the extension to his family's Killiney home last January.

However, Bono and his wife Ali have published a notice stating their intention to apply for permission for further development at their Temple Hill mansion.

The couple, who used the names Mr & Mrs Paul Hewson in their planning notice published last week, said the development will consist of modifications to their previously approved plans.

These plans were approved by Dun Laoghaire Rathdown Council in November -- despite an objection by An Taisce which would have entitled the organisation to appeal the decision to An Bord Pleanala.

However, An Taisce never filed notice to appeal by the closing date, in January, and Bono was allowed to proceed.

The couple's latest plans are for a below-ground plant room to the west of the main house.

Last November, Bono and Ali were given permission to add a new second floor to their home.

The couple have also been given the green light to add a lower ground-floor conservatory.

Dun Laoghaire planners attached nine conditions, including that a brochure showing a colour sample of the proposed roof be submitted. The new second floor is to take the place of the existing pitched roof.

In its objection, An Taisce said that the extension would "distract" from singer Enya's Ayesha Castle and Killiney Hill Obelisk.

They also contended that Bono's house, Temple Hill, is within a conservation area. It added that "a more sympathetic extension [to Temple Hill] with a similar design and finish to the original house should be considered".

The application revealed Bono rejected the idea of demolishing his home when deciding on plans for a revamp.

The rock star reviewed a proposal to tear down his mansion and construct a new house. However, he and Ali decided demolition was inappropriate and were "keen to retain the existing building".

- Jane Last


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