Naas gaming arcade gets the green light

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A company, with an address in Ballincollig, Co. Cork, has received approval for a gaming arcade at Fairgreen, Naas.

The planning appeals board has reversed a decision by Naas Town Council (NTC).

Last November, Coalquay Leisure Ltd., applied for retention of a change of use of a ground floor retail unit to a gaming arcade at Fairgreen Street.

The company directrors were listed with an address at Cornmarket, Cork and the newspaper planning notice was published in the Irish Examiner,

The property owners were listed as Paul and Mary Ferris.

NTC felt that a gaming arcade was not appropriate, would detract from the streetscape, may have resulted in a loss of retail use in the town centre and would run contrary to the promoting Naas town centre as a quality environment for planning, working and visitors.

However An Bord Pleanala has held that the retention would not seriously injure the amenities of the area or compromise the longer term objectives for the town centre as set out in the Naas Town Development Plan.

An Bord Pleanala also believes that the retention would accord with proper planning and sustainable development in the area.

However it ordered that the permission would be for a three year period.

Coalquay is also required to make a number of alterations to the shopfront avoiding the use of plastic, PVC, perspex, neon signs or lettering as well as restricting advertising on the front of the premises.

The appeal decision has also dictated that the opening hours are between noon and midnight.




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