Sports retailer granted permission for major Patrick's Street expansion

Sports retailer granted permission for major Patrick's Street expansion
The JD sports outlet in The Savoy is to merge with the former A-Wear premises on Patrick's Street.

A sports retailer has been given the go-ahead to take over a long-vacant premises on Cork's Patrick's Street.

Retailer JD Sports has been granted planning permission to modify its store in The Savoy expanding into the former A-Wear premises on Patrick's Street.

The company had lodged plans in December seeking the go-ahead to merge the two premises. They also sought permission to relocate the café unit in The Savoy to the Drawbridge Street side which will involve the construction of a new shopfront elevation onto Drawbridge Street.

The proposed development also includes the change of use of the former Hickeys space at first-floor level from retail to storage and office use. 

Last week planners in City Hall granted permission for the changes.

A-Wear closed its doors in 2014 and the prominent site has remained vacant since then.

Patrick's Street's eastern end has suffered a number of retail vacancies. The former Quills premises also remains vacant.

The former Black Tie premises was one of the city's most prominent vacant sites until it was reopened recently as a Fáilte Ireland tourism office.

A planning application was refused in recent years for a new Caffe Nero outlet outside The Savoy.

Cork City Council ruled that the use of the premises as a coffee shop would materially contravene the Cork City Development Plan 2015-2021 which seeks to protect the city centre’s retail core.

The plan has an objective to restrict certain types of outlets including offices, hot food takeaways, convenience stores, pubs, nightclubs, mobile phone shops, betting shops, and restaurants from use at ground floor level in prime shopping areas.

A planning decision is also due shortly on the revamp of Merchant's Quay Shopping Centre that will see a new facade and upstairs restaurant.

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