Pizza take-away is disallowed on John Street

Apache Pizza is not allowed to operate as a delivery and take-away food outlet from its current location on John Street, Kilkenny Borough Council has ruled.

Apache Pizza is not allowed to operate as a delivery and take-away food outlet from its current location on John Street, Kilkenny Borough Council has ruled.

The business applied for retention permission to operate a take-away and delivery service in addition to consumption of food on the premises at 31 John Street, but the council has denied permission because of the number of fast-food and late-night premises already on the street.

As outlined in the City Centre Local Area Plan, “Retail will be the principal use sought at ground-floor level. In addition to medium- to higher-order retail outlets, fresh food outlets including butchers, bakers, fishmongers, juice bars and other specialist fresh food outlets will be considered favourably. ... Non-desirable uses at ground-floor level on John Street are offices, fast-food outlets, internet cafes or phone-call centres, amusement arcades and ‘super pubs’.”

A third-party submission was made by Mario Gismondi of Rossi’s Takeaway on Upper John Street, with three signatures from other John Street businesses, in relation to the application. “The issues raised in the letter refer to: the intensification of use of the ground floor, the additional traffic generation and car parking requirements, opening hours should be controlled to prevent anti-social activity, litter and control of litter and the impact on the residential amenities of the street.”

The planner’s report notes that there are four take-aways within 100 metres of the subject site and six public houses on John Street Upper, plus Langton’s public house and night club, which is approximately 100 metres away on John Street Lower.

“The accumulation of night-time uses at this location, particularly public houses and other fast-food takeaways, would have an impact on the amenities and character of the area at night time,” the planners wrote.