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City taking action against coffee giant

Thursday, 3rd August, 2017 9:07am

Cork City Council is taking one the world’s best-known coffee shops to court.

The local authority has confirmed that it is taking action against Starbucks, specifically its store on St Patrick’s Street, which it ordered to close by 29 June.

The outlet opened in 2015 on Pana and was one of three Starbucks in Cork city to open without planning permission.

The other two are located at Opera Lane and Princes Street and all three are in the city centre. City Council has twice referred the issue to An Bord Pleanála.

The planning board then decided in March 2017 that it still needed planning permission and Cork City Council ordered Starbucks to restore the building to its former condition by 29 June of this year.

This follows the Starbucks outlet on St Patrick’s Street removing toilets, seats and chairs in an attempt to say that it was no longer a coffee shop or café and that it had reverted back to shop use.

A spokesperson for Cork City Council told the Cork Independent: “I can confirm that Cork City Council is actively pursuing enforcement action in this instance.

“Following confirmation in March 2017 from An Bord Pleanala that the use is not exempted development, the planning authority issued an Enforcement Notice with the requirement to cease the unauthorised use and restore the premises to its former condition by 29 June 2017.

“In cases where Enforcement Notices are not complied with, the matter is the referred to the Council’s Law Department for prosecution through the courts.”

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