Cinema planning to build a restaurant

By Maria Pepper

Published 10/09/2016 | 00:00

Wexford Omniplex in Drinagh
Wexford Omniplex in Drinagh

Wexford Omniplex has applied to the County Council for planning permission to build a new restaurant adjacent to its cinema premises in Drinagh and to extend the car park to relieve congestion at peak times.

The application has been made by Wexford planning consultant Ian Doyle on behalf of Omniplex Holdings owned by director Paul Anderson and his wife Margaret.

Permission is sought for the erection of four units of 381.2 square metres, 272.5 square metres, 272.5 square metres and 272.5 square metres for use as a restaurant and/or leisure/ entertainment use together with 146 parking spaces and all associated works at Old Rosslare Road, Drinagh.

'The proposal consists of four units for use as a restaurant and/or leisure uses to complement the existing cinema on the adjoining site. The development together with the existing cinema will result in a family entertainment destination centre,' according to the application.

It is proposed to provide an additional 146 car parking spaces to serve the planned new project and to facilitate a frequent overflow from the cinema. The existing car park has 200 spaces.

'Despite being compliant in terms of parking numbers, the cinema car park on the adjoining site is often beyond capacity resulting in inappropriate parking along the access road and public road. The need for additional parking facilities has prompted this planning application,' said Mr. Doyle.

It was pointed out in the planning submssion that the site is zoned for commercial development and is in line with the Wexford Town Plan.

Wexford County Council has notified Failte Ireland and Irish Water of the application.

The eight-screen Wexford Omniplex with 1,600 seat capacity was built at Drinagh in 2008 at an estimated cost of €9 million to replace the old Savoy Cineplex in Redmond Square which opened in the early 1990's.

Last year, the cinema was upgraded and an OmniplexMAXX giant screen installed.

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