More time granted to convert old Eyre Square bank to café/restaurant

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More time has been granted to complete work converting an old bank on Eyre Square into a café and restaurant.

Londyne Ltd was first granted planning permission by the city council to convert the bank at 19 Eyre Square into a dining business back in 2014.

However, that grant of permission expired in April and Londyne requested an extension of duration from the council.

In asking the city council to grant more time to complete the development, Londyne said that it hadn’t been able to commence work on the project as the property was occupied by Bank of Ireland up until December 2018.

The developer only took full ownership of the property on February 21 of this year and did not have time to commence work before permission expired.

“As the building is a Protected Structure the applicant did not have adequate time to source appropriate contractors to carry out substantial works during this time,” the EOD application stated.

The unused banking hall in question is at the southern end of Eyre Square opposite AIB.

Galway city council granted the extension of duration unconditionally, with planning permission now lasting until April 15, 2024.

Londyne has said that it expects the project to be complete within one year.


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