An Bord Pleanala has refused a planning appeal for a gaming arcade and casino in Athy.
The appeal sought to retain an existing gaming and amusement arcade at the former Hibernian Bank, 46 Leinster Street, on the ground floor and permission to upgrade to the facade which is a protected structure.
The application was made by Coalquay Leisure Ltd. The plans for the front of the building include works to the front elevation at ground floor level including new timber windows, removal of signage, changes to cut stone panels below windows, new ‘Casino’ sign, new timber door and fanlight.
According to An Bord Pleanala the proposed development relates to a protected structure located within an area zoned ‘town centre’ and within an Architectural Conservation Area. As such it is part of the Athy Town Development Plan 2012-2018 to discourage amusement and gaming arcades in the core retail area, as they are “considered to be an undesirable use and potentially detrimental to the business and commercial environment of the town”.