Tipperary County Council expected to give decision on Steeples planning application

Tipperary County Council expected to give decision on Steeples planning application

Steeples Books and More in O'Rahilly Street, Nenagh

Tipperary County Council is expected to make a decision on April 19 on a planning retention application by Steeples (Books and More) O'Rahilly Street, for a change of use (for sale of religious books and ancillary items) for part of the ground floor level to use as a coffee shop / cafe/ bookshop (with exterior seated area to the rear) together with ancillary service areas; change of use of part of the first floor level (office use as per Pl.Ref: 13520031) to additional seating / meeting area / gallery / exhibition area with associated services; extensions to the rear of the ground floor of the premises and revised internal layout / amendments to previously granted permission.

Last November, the bookshop and cafe was refused a wine licence by Nenagh Court after it ruled the premises did not fall under the definition of being a house of refreshment.

The Gardai had objected to an application by Noel Duggan, company director, Steeples (Books and More), 1 O'Rahilly Street, Nenagh, for an in-house licence.

The objection was based on claims that the premises did not have permission to be a cafe / refreshment house. Supt Bob Noonan maintained the premises was a bookshop and cited legislation going back to the Refreshment House Act of 1860, as amended under the Finance Act 1989.

Supt Noonan contended that Steeples had planning permission solely as a bookshop selling religious publications and associated items. He had suggested that the simplist thing to do was to go back and regularise the planning.

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