Ap­peal against live mu­sic venue on quay

Wexford People - - NEWS - By MARIA PEP­PER

AN ap­peal has been lodged with An Bord Pleanála against a de­ci­sion by Wex­ford County Coun­cil to grant plan­ning per­mis­sion to Coant En­ter­tain­ments Ltd for the build­ing of a new live mu­sic venue on the site of Crown Live on Com­mer­cial Quay.

Dave O’Connor who runs Ye Olde Bar­ber Shop in an ad­ja­cent build­ing at 18 Com­mer­cial Quay, is ob­ject­ing to the devel­op­ment be­cause he has con­cerns about the block­ing of nat­u­ral light on his premises and also fears about fire safety and struc­tural is­sues.

Hav­ing out­lined his ob­jec­tions to the County Coun­cil dur­ing the plan­ning process, Mr. O’Connor has now lodged an ap­peal to An Bord Pleanála against the Neville broth­ers project, point­ing out that the is­sues he raised were not ad­dressed.

Coun­cil plan­ners had de­scribed his con­cerns as valid and said they asked the de­vel­oper to ad­dress them by mak­ing de­sign changes on the first and se­cond floors of the pro­posed devel­op­ment to al­low light into the ad­join­ing premises.

How­ever, Mr. O’Connor said this im­plied his con­cerns were dealt with but he could find no ev­i­dence of any of his con­cerns be­ing ad­dressed in the plan­ning con­di­tions which were im­posed on the per­mis­sion. Hav­ing read the con­di­tions, I feel my con­cerns have not been dealt with in any way’, he said. He has raised a fur­ther ques­tion in re­la­tion to a por­tion of the Crown Live premises not be­ing in­cluded in the devel­op­ment (a se­cond floor sec­tion of the ad­ja­cent build­ing oc­cu­pied on the ground floor by JP De­laney and be­side Mr. O’Connor’s busi­ness).

‘I am un­aware if this was an over­sight on the part of the de­vel­oper or if it is to be part of the devel­op­ment. If it is, it would cause fur­ther con­cerns about the struc­tural in­tegrity of my premises’, he said in his ap­peal.

Mr. O’Connor said the pro­posed devel­op­ment would wrap around his yard at a height of ap­prox­i­mately eight me­tres above the first floor win­dow, elim­i­nat­ing nat­u­ral light into his work­place as the pro­posed wall would be al­most flush with his rear wall. ‘I have se­ri­ous con­cerns as to how this will af­fect my busi­ness in the fu­ture’, he said. In re­la­tion to the de­mo­li­tion of the ex­ist­ing Crown Live build­ing, he said: ‘My con­cern is that pos­si­ble damage may oc­cur to my build­ing’.

‘I am also wor­ried about the ef­fects the works will have on trade into the build­ing dur­ing con­struc­tion’, he added. In re­la­tion to fire safety, Mr. O’Connor said there is an ex­ist­ing pro­vi­sion for a fire es­cape onto a roof and he has had a fire on his premises in the past.

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