City Hall has granted planning permission for the updated events centre 

City Hall has granted planning permission for the updated events centre 
A computer-generated image of the revised events centre plans submitted by Bam. Pic: G-Net 3D

PLANNING permission has been granted for the events centre on the former Beamish & Crawford brewery site.

The 6,000-capacity concert and conference venue proposal from construction company Bam was given the approval by City Hall planners this week.

However, their decision could be appealed to An Bord Pleanála, which could further delay the project by a number of months.

A computer-generated image showing the revised events centre plans and the South Gate Bridge. Pic: G-Net 3D
A computer-generated image showing the revised events centre plans and the South Gate Bridge. Pic: G-Net 3D

The revised proposal was granted planning permission by the council subject to 48 conditions.

It means construction can commence on the long-stalled project, provided there is no appeal of the decision within the next four weeks.

Bam themselves or any party who made a submission or objection to the application have the right to appeal the Council’s decision.

An Bord Pleanála has an objective to decide any appeal within 18 weeks. However, this can often take longer, particularly with large developments.

Last August, Bam had lodged fresh plans for an events centre, revising the plans that were in place since 2012.

In October, planners asked them to modify their new proposal as they had a “serious concerns” about the extent of “dead frontage” arising from the lack of live uses on South Main St.

In July of this year, Bam revised their proposal, as requested, and included a ticket office on the southern side of the building and street-level LED screens amongst other changes.

A computer-generated image of the revised events centre plans submitted by Bam following a request by planners for further information. 
A computer-generated image of the revised events centre plans submitted by Bam following a request by planners for further information. 

It was expected that decision from planners in City Hall would be made during the summer, but they made another request at the end of July asking Bam to supply a Natura Impact Statement (NIS) assessing what impact the development could have on conservation areas in Cork Harbour.

Bam supplied the required NIS at the end of August, and City Hall has now granted permission for the development.

The state is pledging €30m towards the €80m+ events centre project, which is seen as a key element of Cork’s future economy attracting major concerts and conferences to the city.

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