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Cork Entrepreneur Pursues Plans To Open Beach Coffee Dock

Published on Nov 19 2021 1:00 PM in Restaurant tagged: Trending Posts / An Bord Pleanala / Cork City Council / Denis Calnan / Garretstown Beach

Cork Entrepreneur Pursues Plans To Open Beach Coffee Dock

Cork entrepreneur Denis Calnan is pursing plans to open a coffee dock on Garretstown Beach near Ballinspittle in Co. Cork, despite being refused planning permission for the project by Cork County Council.

As reported by The Irish Examiner, Calnan has lodged an appeal with An Bord Pleanála in a bid to overturn the council's decision to reject his plans to build a single-storey coffee dock on Garretstown beach.

Council planners reportedly ruled that the development was proposed for a site that is located within part of a recognised "high value" landscape which justified refusing the Calnan's application on the basis that it would be "visually incongruous in this sensitive scenic area".

Calnan reportedly had a similar planning application refused by the local authority earlier this year, however, he reportedly subsequently became aware that a previous structure existed at the same location at which he wants to build a coffee dock that was used to house staff working in a hotel at Garretstown before it was demolished approximately 15 years ago.

Consultants Acting For Calnan Statements

Consultants acting for Calnan reportedly said that he wants to construct a permanent structure that would serve takeaway beverages and pre-prepared snacks on a year-round basis similar to those offered by other mobile vans in the nearby car-park and on the approach road to the beach, and reportedly said, "This would allow for controlled and organised use of the lands and greatly reduce casual, unstructured parking of vehicles in the area."

Calnan Statements

Calnan reportedly noted that he has counted 16 casual traders offering food and beverages at Garretstown on one recent occasion, and reportedly also claimed that there is a large constant demand for ancillary facilities from the large numbers of people visiting Garretstown beach.

Calnan reportedly said that his plans for a "modest structure" have to be viewed in the context that a large hotel structure would form the backdrop.

Calnan, who reportedly ran the original hotel at Garretstown but reportedly now only owns adjoining lands, reportedly said that the site for the coffee dock has planning permission for a low boundary wall to deter vehicles used by day-trippers, camper vans, caravans and casual traders from going on the beach, and reportedly added, "The area is currently used in a haphazard and unregulated way leading to significant erosion and poor pedestrian and traffic safety."


Only one objection was reportedly raised to Calnan's plans by a Cork resident, who reportedly claimed that the coffee dock would destroy beautiful sea views when Garretstown is already serviced by a multitude of vans selling beverages in "less obtrusive areas".

Ruling Due Month

A ruling on the case by An Bord Pleanála is reportedly due by mid-March of 2022.

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