A BAN on new coffee shops opening on Patrick Street has been upheld by the planning appeals body.
An Bord Pleánala agreed with the decision by City Hall planners to refuse permission for a UK chain Caffé Nero outlet.
The company wanted to convert the ground and first floors of 110 Patrick Street from retail to coffee-shop use.
The premises was to be located close to the entrance of The Savoy and was most recently used as a calendar shop at Christmas.
However, Cork City Council refused permission for the outlet as the City Development Plan has restrictions on such businesses on Patrick Street.
Under the plan, Patrick Street is designated a primary retail area and the range of new stores on the ground floor is restricted to high-end retail and fashion.
Offices, takeaways, convenience stores, pubs, nightclubs, mobile phone shops, betting shops, and restaurants are banned from ground floor units.
Existing premises which have planning permission are unaffected.
Caffé Nero appealed the decision to An Bord Pleanála, arguing that coffee shops are not explicitly included in the ban.
However, An Bord Pleanála has now upheld the city council’s decision to refuse permission.
They said the coffee shop would contravene the City Development Plan objective to protect the prime retail frontage of Patrick Street.
Caffé Nero has already opened their first Cork café on Oliver Plunkett Street where the Ovens Bar was located.
The chain has 11 outlets in Ireland, nine of which are in Dublin.
In 2016, the company launched plans to open 40 stores in Ireland.