Tramore bar proprietor says planning refusal for out of doors terrace a ‘missed alternative’

Tramore bar owner says planning refusal for outdoor terrace a ‘missed opportunity’

The proprietor of Waterford Fort has expressed frustration over the refusal of planning permission for a beach-view terrace at a bar he runs in Tramore.

Séamus Walsh referred to as the choice by Waterford Metropolis and County Council a “missed alternative” forward of an “open air summer time” for the hospitality sector.

The choice pertains to the again terrace of One the Waterfront, which holds as much as 100 individuals, and was constructed with out the suitable planning permission.

An software for retention of the terrace was submitted final October by the bar’s house owners Wfhtp Restricted.

The beach-view terrace is linked by stairs to an present licensed terrace situated in the back of the bar, and supplies a further 31.7 sq m of flooring space.

Séamus Walsh on the out of doors terrace on the Waterford Fort. {Photograph}: Eoghan Dalton

Mr Walsh stated he may additionally look to assemble an extra, lower-level out of doors licensed terrace.

Nonetheless, the appliance to retain the beach-view terrace was refused by Waterford Metropolis and County Council final week as the positioning is in a visually delicate space, alongside a cliff face.

Mr Walsh confirmed he’ll attraction the choice to An Bord Pleanála.

The proprietor, who’s from south Co Kilkenny, stated: “I might see this as attempting to encourage out of doors eating so we shouldn’t now be getting into the wrong way. It’s good for individuals, it will permit individuals utilizing the seaside a spot to get water and drinks at part of the seaside that hasn’t had something like this for a very long time.

“We need to present one thing particular for the locals and the out-of-towners and reap the benefits of the exceptional views. We took a constructing which had been derelict for over 15 years and refurbed it, refitted it and introduced it up to now.”

The bar is ready to maintain over 120 individuals on its present licensed terrace and indoors space, with social distancing, and had a footfall of 58,000 throughout its transient opening final summer time, Mr Walsh stated.

The businessman, who left Eire within the Nineteen Eighties to work in development in Australia earlier than taking cost of Waterford Fort six years in the past, has invested €1.2 million within the website thus far.

He added that he was “upset as a result of the council by no means made contact with me, I had no dialog with the council about this in any respect and there’s clearly extra of a requirement for locations like this”.

A spokeswoman for Waterford Metropolis and County Council stated “in frequent with all different planning authorities”, it doesn’t advise candidates prematurely of selections.

“All planning choices are uploaded to the net planning system and are dwell from the date of determination,” the spokeswoman added.

“The place an applicant is dissatisfied with a planning determination there are statutory rights to attraction stated determination.”

In a letter despatched final December, the council warned that the bar’s website discover for the event was not “simply seen or legible” for individuals.

Mr Walsh insisted that he “didn’t flaunt” the planning guidelines: “I did a authorized means of retention, which is utilised fairly usually within the planning system. This [the terrace] was to point out Tramore what it may actually be, to make it shine. I’m not saying I’ve nice imaginative and prescient however I do have some imaginative and prescient.”

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