The retail landscape of John Street will soon have a new addition, as a new ‘affordable rent’ space aimed at budding start-ups has been given the go-ahead.
Louth County Council have granted conditional planning permission for the retail outlet – in one of the semi-detached bungalows directly opposite John Street surgery, which has been renovated and made available for retail use.
The application, made by Ann O’Flynn, was lodged in November last year and was granted conditionally earlier this month. It consisted of a change of use from surgery to retail.
The aim is to provide an affordable rent solution to startups seeking a retail premises within the town. The primary retail space would be located to the front of the building, with existing family rooms, dining room/kitchen, toilets and bedroom to the rear of the property.
One objection to the planning permission application was made by the owner of a premises on John Street, who claimed that there were already too many retail premises on the street – some of them vacant.
Among the vacant premises on the street already are the former O’Connor’s Vivo store (No.9), the premises adjacent to that (No.8, which was built and has remained vacant since 2008) and two more recent additions to the street that are earmarked for retail or nursery use. Other issues raised by objectors including security and on-street parking on John Street.
NOTE: This story has been amended from an original article in which it was stated that the new premises would be used as a pharmacy.