Wednesday 13 December 2017

Application to keep controversial Starbucks shop open in Howth deemed 'invalid'

John Mulligan

John Mulligan

The company that controls the Starbucks franchise in Ireland has had its application to retain a controversial shop in the north Dublin suburb of Howth declared invalid.

The company, Faynon, was ordered by Fingal County Council last month to shut its Starbucks outlet in the town within four weeks.

The council said that Faynon had changed the use of the premises facing the town’s famous harbour without securing planning permission.

The store had previously been a bicycle shop, which had relocated following a landslide from an old church and graveyard located above it.

Faynon is controlled by brothers Colum and Ciaran Butler. They’re behind the Leisureplex business here.

Faynon made the application to retain the Howth shop on September 27 – just a couple of weeks after it had been given the deadline to close it.

But the council has declared the retention application invalid. It stated that the address in the newspaper notice informing people where they can purchase or inspect the planning application is incorrect.

Documents on the council’s website misspell Faynon as ‘Fanyon’.

A number of other Starbucks outlets have been opened in Ireland without the proper planning permission being secured.

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