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Matthew Broderick family oppose new home near their cottage

The sister of Hollywood actor Matthew Broderick has objected to a new home being built near the Broderick family holiday cottage in Donegal, it has been reported.

Martha Broderick is unhappy at plans submitted by local resident Connor Meehan to erect a one-storey house on a nearby hill which will overlook their home in Kilcar. The holiday home has been owned by the Broderick family since 1977.

The family have argued the privacy of their Irish hideaway will be compromised and Martha Broderick has likened the planned |building to a “scar on the landscape”.

A frequent visitor to the UK and Ireland, Mr Broderick was visiting in 1987 when his car collided with another vehicle near Enniskillen, Co Fermanagh.

An elderly woman and her daughter lost their lives, while Broderick sustained various |injuries in the smash. He was later charged with careless driving and received a small fine.

According to the Sunday Times yesterday, a formal objection to the single-storey dwelling has been lodged with Donegal County Council, stating a house built between the road and the sea on an elevated site contravenes local planning policy.

Mr Meehan has garnered support from Mary Coughlan TD, who made a representation on his behalf using her education department notepaper.

In a letter to the council, she said Mr Meehan and his family had owned the site in question for generations and he qualified as a long-term local resident whose application should be viewed favourably.

The council approved the application for the property last November but an appeal was lodged by Martha Broderick claiming the site would enter “third party land” without consent and present an overviewing problem.

In a letter to Donegal council in October, she explained: “To permit this development on such an elevated site would destroy the natural beauty of the overall area and set an undesirable precedent in the general area.”

Matthew Broderick and his wife Sarah Jessica Parker’s main residence is in Manhattan, New York and they enjoy the relative anonymity they have when in Kilcar, participating freely in local community events.

The case is due to be decided by April 19, 2011.

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