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Developers Behind Proposal To Build Office Block On Former Site Of Cork's Sextant Pub Asked To Address Pub's Demolition; Priors Bar & Lounge Of Ballinamore, Co. Leitrim, Hits The Market

Published on Aug 13 2021 12:29 PM in Pub/Bar/Nightclub tagged: Trending Posts / Sextant / Priors

Developers Behind Proposal To Build Office Block On Former Site Of Cork's Sextant Pub Asked To Address Pub's Demolition; Priors Bar & Lounge Of Ballinamore, Co. Leitrim, Hits The Market

The developers behind a proposal to build a 16-storey office block on the former site of Cork city's Sextant pub have been asked to address the pub's demolition as part of a request for further information from Cork City Council.

As reported by The Irish Examiner, the pub was demolished a year ago after Progressive Commercial Construction Ltd, which is part of the John Cleary Developments (JCD) group, was granted planning permission for a 25-storey build-to-rent scheme on the site.

However, that plan was reportedly abandoned following an appraisal process by consultants Deloitte, who concluded that building apartments is not financially viable, and the developer reportedly subsequently announced plans for a 16-storey office block instead and reportedly lodged a planning application for said plans in May.

Cork City Council is reportedly now seeking additional information about the new plans, including a request that the applicant address concerns regarding the demolition of the Sextant building.

Concerns reportedly include claims by third parties that, under the new plan, the developer does not have permission to demolish the Sextant because the current office block application "fails to include a request to demolish the 145-year old NIAH building" and therefore the application is therefore "invalid".

"NIAH building" relates to the pub's inclusion in the National Inventory of Architectural Heritage, which is a database that records Ireland’s built heritage as an aid to its protection and conservation.

Third parties also reportedly said that because the developer did not seek permission for demolition of the pub, "they are required to rebuild the Sextant".

A JCD spokesperson reportedly said that a detailed response to Cork City Council's request for further information is currently being prepared by the project design team and that "Full planning permission was in place for the demolition of the Sextant, therefore the issue of retention does not arise".

Cork City Council reportedly said, "A request for further information has been issued and we await a response to same. The application is available for viewing on the online planning enquiry system."

The council's request reportedly also asks the developer to submit a proposal that shows a revised design with the set-back of building lines to allow for the development of future transport infrastructure such as bus lanes, traffic lanes, cycle lanes and pedestrian footpaths.

Priors Bar & Lounge Of Ballinamore, Co. Leitrim, Hits The Market

In other Irish pub news, Priors Bar & Lounge of Ballinamore, Co. Leitrim, has hit the market via IAM Sold Property Auctions for €330,000.

The property’s listing on property.ie states, "Gordon Hughes Estate Agents in partnership with IAM Sold Property Auctions...are delighted to bring to market the renowned sports bar Priors @ High St. Occupying a prominent position on the town's main thoroughfare this iconic Bar & Restaurant comes for sale for the 1st time in almost 100 years and is in turnkey condition throughout.

"Enjoying a substantial turnover this property would make an ideal family owned business or indeed investment opportunity with further potential to extend the catering facilities. The property lends itself to having a full restaurant on-site as it presently offers only bar food thereby offering potential to a chef who may wish to run their own restaurant/bar.

"The accommodation extends over three floors and comprises of the following: bar, lounge, covered smoking area, outdoor seating area, Industrial kitchen, deli counter, walk-in fridge freezer, keg room, dry-store, ice machine room, ladies/gents/disabled toilets.

"Overhead includes kitchen, living room (open fireplace), study, office, no.2 bathrooms & no.4 bedrooms (one en-suite).

"Some of the many features include: excellent trading figures, turnkey condition, security/camera system (16 cameras), full working kitchen, option to convert overhead living accommodation to restaurant space (subject to necessary planning).

"Turnover figures & further details available on request from sole selling agent."

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