The owners of Market House at the Canal Harbour, Naas, have been given an extension of time to re-develop the property.
The building has fallen into disrepair since it was owned by the family of former councillor Rioghnagh Bracken.
Current owner Pat Keane (who operates The Hangedman’s Arch in Milltown), who spent some €1.25m. purchasing the historic building - which dates back to 1800 - has permission for a restaurant and bar, including an extension at the back and a semi public landscaped space.
This was granted in March 2009 and since then Mr. Keane has been critical of the levies demanded by local authority as a condition of receiving permission. More recently the premises was put on sale with a guide price of €250,000. Now the planning permission has been extended until mid-April 2017.
Mr. Keane originally sought an extension for a period of five years and in correspondence with the council he said the development of the site is “dependent on the economic circumstances.” The council’s planning section suggested an extension of two years , which Mr. Keane felt “may be too restrictive.” The council opted against the request for a 5 year extension on the basis that the premises is derelict. Finally the council granted a three year extension.