Planning for new restaurant in Drumshanbo

Conditional planning permission has been granted for change of use of the former National Irish Bank on Convent Avenue in Drumshanbo.

The bank closed in 2008 as part of a rationalization plan, together with branches in Dowra and Mohill.

The new owners intend to site a restaurant on the ground floor of the red brick building, with residential accommodation overhead.

Two one bed apartments are to be located on the first floor, with one three bedroom apartment on the second floor.

A self-contained one bedroom apartment is also to be developed at the back of the property.

Work on the building will include the restoration of the existing building fabric, relocating the staircase to the centre of the building, and re-arranging the interior layout.

Planning was granted by Leitrim County council subject to 14 conditions, including that all necessary precautions be undertaken to safeguard all the features of the building and no uPVC rain water goods or other uPVC elements be used on the building.