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Series of changes to Sandymount House in Blackrock approved

Series of changes to Sandymount House in Blackrock approved

A series of changes have been given the go ahead for Sandymount House in Blackrock.

The five bed house, which offers stunning views over Dundalk Bay and the Cooley Mountains, was the second highest one off sale in Co Louth last year when it sold for €1.225m in July 2017.

It was built in 1830 as a summer residence for the Shekleton family, who were the largest employers in Co Louth through their Dundalk-based iron foundry.

Now Mark Goodman, son of local millionaire Larry, is planning a series of changes to the protected structure having been granted conditional planning permission for plans first put forward in March

The proposed development will consist of partial demolitions, alterations, refurbishment and an extension to the existing house.

Amongst the demolitions proposed include late 20th century extensions to the house including the single storey conservatory to the south, the raised platform area and steps to the west and associated floor space beneath and the semi-circular entrance porch to the east.

The existing entrance of Sandymount House will be relocated

He is also proposing partial demolition of some internal walls and features to facilitate the reconfiguration of the internal living space including raising of window heads at first floor level on the eastern elevation.

Following the above demolitions the proposed development provides for a new two storey extension to the west over lower ground floor / basement, a new part single part two storey extension to the south that includes a lower ground floor / basement area and an outdoor roof terrace at first floor level, alterations and refurbishment of external facades, roof and chimneys including the reinstatement of the main entrance to the house to its original position in the east elevation.

It is also proposed to replace uPVC windows with timber sash windows, as well as to carry out alterations to the western boundary to the site that will include closing up of the existing vehicular entrance off the Blackrock Road (R172) to provide a pedestrian only entrance at this location and the provision of new vehicular entrance approximately 26m to the north including gates, railings and piers.

In order to accommodate these changes sections of the boundary walls and features will be removed and re-used or replaced in keeping with the existing look.

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