Caffé Nero refused planning permission for Patricks Street coffee shop

Caffé Nero refused planning permission for Patricks Street coffee shop
The Cork City Development Plan aims to protect the retail frontage on Patrick Street meaning permission for coffee shops is difficult to secure. Pic: Larry Cummins

PLANNING permission has been turned down for a new coffee shop on Patrick's Street.

Planners in City Hall have refused permission to UK coffee chain Caffé Nero for the outlet as the City Development plan has restrictions on such businesses on Patrick's Street.

"The proposed use of the unit as a coffee shop would materially contravene the provisions of the City Development Plan which aims to protect areas of Prime Retail Frontage in the City Centre retail Area," planners said.

"The proposed development is therefore unacceptable and refusal of permission is recommended."

Caffé Nero lodged plans in May seeking permission to convert the ground and first floors of 110 Patrick St from retail to coffee-shop use.

The premises is on the western side of Patrick Street close to the entrance of the Savoy and across from a Starbucks outlet. The location most recently operated as a store selling calendars.

The company is also planning a second Cork café on Oliver Plunkett St where the Ovens Bar was previously located.

Caffé Nero currently has nine coffee shops in Ireland, eight of which are in Dublin.

In 2016, the company launched plans to open 40 stores in Ireland.

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