High Street Mall application ‘incomplete’

An application to create an entertainment centre in Kilkenny city’s High Street Mall has been deemed incomplete by Kilkenny Borough Council.

An application to create an entertainment centre in Kilkenny city’s High Street Mall has been deemed incomplete by Kilkenny Borough Council.

The planning application was submitted by Melcorpo Commercial Properties Ltd on March 2 but was sent back to the applicant last Friday when the council ruled that the application was incomplete.

The proposed development is a 526.7-square-metre “leisure facility/ entertainment centre” with activities such as arcade video games, air hockey and race car simulators.

Other remaining tenants in the mall have voiced their opposition to the development, in part because of the proposal to have opening hours until 10pm each night.

It has also been confirmed that no commercial rates are currently applicable for the vacant premises in the mall.

A spokesperson for Kilkenny County Council declined to comment on the specific premises but said that, in general: “Commercial properties awaiting re-development on foot of a planning permission are not obliged to pay commercial rates provided they are not carrying out commercial activity. If there is commercial activity in a premises awaiting redevelopment, then rates are payable.”

A planning application regarding the amalgamation of several of the internal units in the premises has been in effect since December 2009.