An Bord Pleanála approves change of use of Kenmare residence into restaurant

An application to change residential premises in Kenmare to a restaurant has been approved by An Board Pleanála. An Bord Pleanala In August, Kerry County Council granted permission for 26 Main Street, Kenmare to change its use from living accommodation to restaurant. However this was appealed by a third party to An Bord Pleanála. James O’Sullivan of 3 The Village Green, Firies, appealed based on the fact that he believes the restaurant layout and the kitchen size are inappropriate. He also claims that there are fire safety issues related to the rear yard, the kitchen, the ceiling in the restaurant and the separation between the residential and restaurant uses. In response the owner of the premises Brendan Kelly requested that An Bord Pleanála utilise its powers to invite the appellant, who lives 48 kilometres away to clarify his interest in the property or to dismiss the appeal. An Bord Pleanála granted permission for the change of use subject to eight conditions. These include set opening times for the restaurant, which must not be used as a takeaway.