Belfast Telegraph

Family firm to clarify Setanta Centre plan

Redevelopment: Larry Goodman
Redevelopment: Larry Goodman

By Ronald Quinlan

A company owned and controlled by the family of beef baron Larry Goodman has agreed a deadline of December 3 to further clarify its plans for the €100m (£89m) redevelopment of the Setanta Centre on Dublin's Nassau Street.

Larry Goodman's beef group ABP operates a large meat factory in Warrenpoint, Co Down.

After considering additional information provided by Goodman family firm Ternary, Dublin city planners have requested further clarification on the redevelopment proposal in advance of a decision on whether or not to grant planning permission.

An examination of the planner's report shows the council remains concerned about the potential visual and conservation impacts of the Goodman scheme on both Nassau Street and the adjacent South Frederick Street.

The report specifically calls for Ternary's proposal to "respond to, and better reflect and respect the character and scale of the receiving context and streetscape, including protected structures on both Nassau Street and South Frederick Street".

The report also asks that the redevelopment proposal "relates more sympathetically to the adjoining protected structures and in particular the scale and height of the streetscape along Nassau Street".

Ternary has also been called upon to "reassess and specifically address and justify in terms of architectural conservation, the height and massing" of its proposed building.

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Ternary's plan for the Setanta Centre has come up against strong opposition from the Kilkenny Group which operates its flagship store and cafe, the Kilkenny Design Centre, there.

While representatives from Ternary met with the Kilkenny Group earlier this year to discuss the potential impact the construction phase of the proposed redevelopment would have on its Nassau Street operations, its bid to allay the retailer's concerns proved unsuccessful.

In its objection to the Goodman firm's revised plan for the Setanta Centre, consultants for the Kilkenny Group said that the large number of unaddressed issues associated with the development "is unacceptable and fundamentally lacks consideration for the operation of the Kilkenny Shop".

The submission said it would not be possible for the Kilkenny shop to continue trading during the construction period.

It added that this would have consequences for the 88 full-time and 20 seasonal employees at the store and the one million shoppers who visit the Kilkenny shop every year.

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