Permission sought for extension to ground floor of new bar/ disco
3rd September 2018
PERMISSION is being sought from Offaly County Council for an extension to the ground floor of what is set to become a bar and night club in O'Connor Square.
In 2013 An Bord Pleanala granted permission to Eddie Brady for a change of use of what had been the VEC premises at Woodchester House, from ground floor offices to a public house, bar and night club. It also sought to extend the ground floor by 310sq m to provide these facilities.
What was then the Tullamore Town Council refused permission on the grounds that it could have an adverse impact on Tullamore Town and Environs Development Plan for protected structures.
It also said a proposal to build a five metre boundary wall would impact the visual amenities of the structure.
The An Bord Pleanala inspector agreed with the Tullamore Town Council and sought to uphold the decision. However, its board members disagreed and gave the development the green light.
This latest application is seeking an extension which will measure 330 sq.m incorporating a 161 sq. m addition to the approved disco, function room, along with minor alterations to location and layout of smoking areas and toilets along with a new semi-enclosed smoking area to the rear measuring 94 sq. m.
Woodchester House is a protected structure.