Friday, March 27, 2020

NAAS is to get a new drive-through café at Newhall roundabout on the Newbridge Road.

Permission was granted last week to Dublin-based realtor Targetted Investment Opportunities, and it is believed to be a Starbucks franchise will be filling this 172 sqm development.

Previously, there was planning permission for a retail warehouse at this site, but this expired in September, thus allowing this new use.

No details on an opening date have been revealed as of yet.

Elsewhere in the county, K-Leisure in Athy is to go ahead with a 170sq m extension to its gym, which will necessitate the demolition of its glazed south eastern facade.

Meanwhile in Kildare town, to the east of the R415 in the Whitesland East townland, an application amended from its original approval of 74 dwellings in 2017, has had its density increased to 97 homes on the 5.49Ha site, along with a 247 sq m childcare facility. Cantrouk Limited is the developer in this. The homes here will be a mix of two-and three-storey units.

In what could be a boost to the hospitality trade, Goffs have applied to build a 50-bedroom hotel at Greenhills in Kill, and will know whether they were successful in early May.

Meanwhile, the owners of the Maudlins House Hotel on the Dublin Road in Naas seeking permission to build a six-storey, 70-room extension  there, will have to re-apply after their first application was deemed incomplete by th.e planners ths week

After announcing its closure last month, the owners of Trax Brasserie in the old railway station on Friary Road in Naas have applied to Kildare Co Council to convert this listed building into a four-bedroom house. A decision on this is expected by the end of April.

Curiously, this is also the plan of Joe Higginbotham for the Ballitore Market House. Back in 2006 it was given permission to operate as a coffee shop, with an office on the first floor, but the owner wishes to revert to its original use as a three-bedroomed house.

This change of use tendency has continued out as far as the Old Medical Centre on Bride Street in Kildare town, which owners Kevin and Catherine McCarthy have applied to convert into a 14-suite guesthouse.

By finian coughlan
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