A decision to give the go-ahead for a new fast food restaurant on Eyre Square has been appealed to An Bord Pleanála.
City planners had last month granted permission to BEB Practical Property Partnership for the change of use of the former National Irish Bank on Eyre Square to a Hillbilly’s Fried Chicken restaurant.
The proposed development had received the support of Cllrs Michael and Ollie Crowe, who said it would add to dining options in the area in addition to generating jobs and investment in the city centre, in premises that have been vacant for around three years.
In giving the green light for the development, city planners had imposed a number of conditions, including reducing the opening hours from 9am to 4am to 1am, and denying permission for an ancillary take-away at the premises “in the interests of the amenities of the area and the special character and the integrity of the Eyre Square Architectural Conservation Area”.
The decision and conditions imposed by the council have now been appealed to An Bord Pleanála by BEB Practical Property Partnership, An Taisce Galway and a local resident concerned at the impact of the development on nearby residents living in townhouses on top of the Eyre Square Shopping Centre.
Residents had expressed concern that their lives would be negatively impacted by cooking odours and fumes from the premises and noise from extraction machinery and late night revellers littering and consuming food in the area.
An Taisce Galway had meanwhile echoed these concerns and questioned the suitability of the premise’s location “at the heart of the most public face of Galway’s architectural heritage”.
An Bord Pleanála is now due to decide whether or not to give the go-ahead for the development by 21 May.