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Kenny claims badgers threatened by Dalkey development

Radio presenter Pat Kenny has said a proposed nursing home development next to his Dalkey home could see badgers in the area killed off, according to documents seen by The Sunday World.

A new planning application by Bartra Capital to build a 104-bedroom nursing home beside the family home of Pat Kenny has been opposed by the radio presenter because the “straightforward commercially driven enterprise cannot justify killing the badgers of Bulloch Harbour”, he claimed.

A group of over 30 Dalkey residents, including Mr Kenny and his wife Kathy, were previously successful in having plans for a nursing home shelved:

Residents have now been met by a new application from the same developers however, with the Kennys reported to be “mystified” by the developer’s decision to drop their appeal against the original decision and submit what appears to be a largely unchanged application.

An underground badger sett on the site has been highlighted by Mr Kenny as another reason to reject the latest plan, claiming the applicant’s conservation attempts would “result in extermination” for the family of badgers by destroying the protected species’ sett.

Calling it a “cruel and unconscionable” outcome, the Kennys say the nursing home would also have a detrimental effect on “residential properties in the area.”

Bartra Capital have said there is no development planned for the southern part of the Dalkey site, reducing the proposed building’s impact on residents in the area.

The planning application by Bartra Capital will be decided on by Dun Laoghaire Rathdown County Council next month.

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