Plans for former Clones cinema site

No objections were lodged on plans for Monaghan County Council to take over the former cinema site in Clones.

Located on Fermanagh Street, the site is earmarked for a new business hub in the border town.

Part of ongoing major regeneration projects, it’s expected it will create space for up to 30 workers when completed.

Local councillors last year heard of the plans and hopes it would secure funding under the Rural Regeneration Scheme. It’s expected to cost in the region of €1.6 million.

Monaghan County Council applied to An Bord Pleanála for permission to compulsorily purchase the property.

No objections to the plans were lodged with the board, effectively clearing the way for the development.

The former Luxor Cinema was built in the late 1940s but closed in the 1970s and lay derelict for decades. It was eventually demolished.

The 1972 Clones bombing, in which two men were killed, took place outside the cinema.

Planning permission for the development was granted just over a year ago for the two-storey building with a total floor area of 632sqm. Also included are plans for car parking and a new public realm space to the north of the site.