Elsewhere, on O'Connell Street, here is an interesting outcome with that perennial problem causer in the city Spar. Spar just cant seem to get its look and branding right so that it effectively reflects its businesses while also being respectful of the buildings and streetscapes within which its businesses sit.
In this instance, the Spar at 63-64 O'Connell Street has applied for an now been granted permission for new signage. Its worth reading through the planners report and the submission by An Taisce which has itself made much of poor quality signage in the city centre. I thought this point in the Planners Report was interesting:
In addition to the above, the various attachments to the building (projecting signs etc) do not have the benefit of permission and these should be removed. Finally, it is noted that the
coffee shop company ‘Insomnia’ operates from the shop. The applicant should be asked to
clarify if this has permission.
This business of installing a franchise within an existing shop has been going for quite some time. It has allowed Subway for example to circumvent the policy of limiting further fast-food units within the ACA and ASPC. It seems to have happened with impunity so its curious that it has been referred to now. From the thread of correspondence it appears that the applicant suggested that the coffee shop use did not require planning permission as it was a subsidiary use. The planner has countered this however and required a formal grant of permission. The matter has also been referred to the Planning Enforcement Section (I cant imagine that will have them quaking in their boots).
http://www.dublincity.ie/swiftlg/apas/r ... ts%3C/a%3E