Planning and Development Act 2000 – 2018

Planning and Development Regulations 2001 – 2018


Redevelopment of Mayfair Building on the former Smithwicks Brewery site

(Abbey Quarter) in the townland of Gardens, Kilkenny.

In accordance with Part 8, Article 81, of the above regulations, Kilkenny County Council hereby gives notice of its intention to renovate and extend the former Mayfair Ballroom in the Abbey Quarter for library use as the Kilkenny City Library.

The proposed development will consist of:

  • Demolition of extensions to the north-east gable of the existing building (approx. 102m2), access steps to the building and removal of a boiler house and steps adjoining the City Wall (a National Monument).
  • Provision of a new two storey extension to the gable ends of the existing building (approx. 884m2) to be externally insulated with a render finish.
  • Remodelling and extension of the existing 2 storey flat-roofed section on the east façade to be externally insulated and clad with a “second-skin” louvred system.
  • Existing northern façade to be externally insulated with a render finish.
  • Replacement of the existing roof with a standing seam metal roof.
  • Replacement of the existing windows with new double-glazed windows in a powder coated aluminium frame.
  • Modifications to the internal layout of the building and provision of a new mezzanine level in the double-height space of the former ballroom.
  • Construction of a public urban square and new access to the building on the site of the existing public car park to the south west of the building including hard and soft landscaping works.
  • Site works associated with the formation of new connections to existing public foul and surface water drainage and existing utilities as required.


The Mayfair building is located within the City Centre Architectural Conservation Area as set out in the Kilkenny City & Environs Development Plan 2014-2020. It is also located within a zone of Archaeological Potential (KK019-026 ‘City’) and it is located in close proximity to the City Walls and St Francis Abbey, both National Monuments.

In accordance with the requirements of Article 120(1)(a) of the Planning and Development Regulations 2001 (as amended) the Planning authority has made a preliminary examination of the nature, size and location of the proposed development.  The authority has concluded that there is no real likelihood of significant effects on the environment arising from the proposed development and a determination has been made that an Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA) is not required.

As per Article 120(3) of the Planning and Development Regulations 2001 (as amended), where any person considers that the development proposed to be carried out would be likely to have significant effects on the environment, he or she may, at any time before the expiration of 4 weeks beginning on the date of the publication of this notice apply to An Bord Pleanála for a screening determination as to whether the development would be likely to have a significant effect on the environment.

Plans and particulars of the proposed development will be available for inspection or purchase for a fee not exceeding the reasonable cost of making a copy during office hours from Wednesday 15th May 2019 until Wednesday 12th June 2019 inclusive, at the following Kilkenny County Council offices:

  • Planning Dept., Kilkenny County Council, County Hall, John St., Kilkenny City from 9am to 1pm & 2pm to 4pm Monday to Friday.
  • Carnegie Library, Johns Quay, Kilkenny from 10am to 8pm Tuesdays,  10am to 5pm Wednesday to  Friday, and 10am to 1:30pm Saturdays (excluding  Bank Holiday weekends).


Details of the proposed development can also be viewed at and


Submissions or observations with respect to the proposed development, dealing with the proper planning and sustainable development of the area in which the development will be carried out, may be made online at, in writing to the Planning Section, Kilkenny County Council, County Hall, John Street, Kilkenny or sent to the following e-mail address  . The latest time and date for receipt of submissions on the development is 5.00pm on Wednesday 26th June, 2019. Submissions should be clearly marked “Mayfair Library – Planning Submission