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 Broderick 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”.

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 over-viewing problem.

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