Friday, March 04, 2016

Cultural studies

Italians worry about the impact of Starbucks on their coffee culture while the Irish worry about the impact of Starbucks on ... the sanctity of planning permission (Irish Times) --

Three Starbucks outlets that opened in Cork city centre over the past year do not have adequate planning permission, An Bord Pleanála has ruled. Complaints were made to Cork City Council after the cafes opened on Patrick Street, Emmet Place and Princes Street. No planning permission was sought for any of the stores. Cork City Council entered in to discussions with the chain and it is understood the chain argued planning permission was not needed for the outlets. However, An Bord Pleanála has ruled that the cafes represent a change of use and planning permission is now required.

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