Conversion of commercial buildings to private dwellings may help ease housing crisis insists Taylor

New Planning Regulations have been signed off that will exempt the conversion of former pubs into residential units from requiring planning permission.


The exemption is contained in an extension of 2018 Planning Regulations that allow a change of use of certain vacant commercial premises – including vacant areas above ground-floor premises – to residential use such as ‘above shop’ living.


The move is aimed to increase the re-use of vacant commercial buildings across the region to increase much-needed housing supply and renew urban areas.

Cathaoirleach of Sligo Council Paul Taylor says this new planning regulation will ease the planning burden for those who want to convert small and medium-sized pubs that are no longer viable into residential housing for Sligo.