Changing from dealing with water to beer in one Killarney business will need planning permission.
Setting up a brewery in a former mineral water and soft drinks factory constitutes a change of use according to An Bord Pleanála.
In operation for more than a year, the Killarney Brewing Company has offered ales as well as tap room tours and a tasting bar — with all beers and stouts named after local myths and legends.
Already a popular tourist attraction as well as brewery, the company says its aim is to “restore the old Killarney Mineral Water drinks facility to its former glory”, and to revive the tradition of brewing quality beers in Killarney.
The Killarney Brewing Company Ltd c/o Cunnane Stratton Reynolds of Cork, had asked for a declaration as to whether or not the use of part of the Kerry Mineral Water Supply Company as a craft brewery was an exempted development.
The council had already said there was a change of use involved in using the Mineral Water Supply building as a brewery.
The board has now ruled with the council.
Switching from mixing water with syrup to brewing beer, stout, and ale was not the central issue in the decision: the mineral water operation had moved in 2002 and a variety of operations including fixing rally cars took place in the premises on Flesk Road, a short distance from Killarney town centre, the board’s inspector found.
In 2002, planning was given for the use of the building as an office.
“The original established industrial use for brewing related activities was extinguished by the implementation of planning permission for office use, notwithstanding that it has not been fully implemented,” assistant director of planning, Brendan Wyse found.
In the 1950s, mineral water and soft drinks were produced by mixing syrup and water; and concentrated Guinness was also delivered there to be watered down, bottled and distributed, the inspector’s report notes.
The mineral water company relocated its operations from the Flesk Road premises in 2002.
The brewing company is now lodging an application for planning permission.
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