Caffe Nero appeals decision banning them from Patrick Street

Caffe Nero appeals decision banning them from Patrick Street

UK coffee chain Caffe Nero is to appeal a decision by Cork City Council refusing them permission for a new store on Patrick Street.

Planners in City Hall rejected permission last month for the outlet as the City Development plan has restrictions on such businesses on Patrick Street.

Caffé Nero had 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 was to be located on the western side of Patrick Street close to the entrance of the Savoy and was recently occupied by a store selling calendars. 

Giving their reason for the refusal the planners said: "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."

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

The decision is now being appealed to An Bord Pleanála by Caffe Nero. A final decision on the issue is expected just before Christmas.

Under the current City Development Plan, Patrick Street is designated a primary retail area and the range of new stores on the ground floor is largely restricted to high-end retail and fashion.

Offices, takeaways, convenience stores, pubs, nightclubs, mobile phone shops, betting shops and restaurants are all banned from ground floor units. Existing premises which already have planning permission are unaffected.

Coffee company Starbucks opened a coffee shop on Patrick Street in 2015 without planning permission. 

Planners in City Hall twice referred the issue to An Bord Pleanála, who agreed with the council that planning permission was required.

Following the most recent decision, the council began enforcement proceedings and legal action against Starbucks, ordering it to cease the unauthorised use of the location and restore the premises to its former condition.

Separately, Caffe Nero is planning a second Cork café on Oliver Plunkett Street where the Ovens Bar was previously located. Caffé Nero 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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