Permission for outdoor seating area at castle

Kilkenny Borough Council has given its consent to allow permission for a seasonal outdoor seating area and serving area for a Langton’s-owned cafe on the grounds of Kilkenny Castle.

Kilkenny Borough Council has given its consent to allow permission for a seasonal outdoor seating area and serving area for a Langton’s-owned cafe on the grounds of Kilkenny Castle.

The council has approved planning permission for “the construction of an 80m2 hard-standing area on existing lawn to facilitate the seasonal locating of seating, sun parasols and a serving counter.”

In making its decision, the council wrote: “The proposed development will facilitate an outdoor café on the grounds of the Castle which will contribute to the vitality of the area. Whilst the proposed canopies and tables and chairs will be visible from the northeastern elevation of the Protected Structure, they will not interfere with views of the first-floor oriel window or pair of corner turrets which are the outstanding architectural features in this elevation. As the paved area will be flush with the lawn, the new surface area will appear seamless.

“The café is considered to be a complementary seasonal land use that would not negatively impact on the setting of the Protected Structure. The proposed works are fully reversible. The Conservation Officer has reviewed the proposal and has no objections on the basis of impact on the character and setting of the Protected Structure.”