PLANNING permission is now formally being sought for a major housing scheme on the edge of Limerick city centre.
Cloncara Investments has formally lodged an application to build approximately 100 apartments and small scale retail at the long derelict former Dan Ryan’s garage opposite Punch’s Cross.
The application will be decided upon by An Bord Pleanala, under new rules which allow projects with over 100 homes planned to be fast-tracked.
The news, first revealed in the Limerick Leader, has been welcomed by local councillor Joe Leddin, who has long campaigned for the site to be developed. Notices on planning permission have been erected on site.
The units will be divided between student accommodation and private housing, and will be supported by small scale business. Although this is unlikely to comprise a general store, due to the fact the Greenpark Shopping Centre is nearby, as well as an Inver service station.
Development of the site had been slow due to the fact there were three different owners which made securing agreement to redevelop difficult.
Speaking this Tuesday, Cllr Leddin said: “The application was validated yesterday for An Bord Pleanala, so the clock is now ticking, with a total timeframe of 16 weeks.”
“The planning application can be viewed from tomorrow in the planning department. Members of the public will be able to go in as if it’s a regular planning application. This is important. A lot of people feel if it goes to An Bord Pleanala it’s off the radar in terms of planning. It’s not. People can still request to see the file, and write a submission, observation or objection That still applies,” Cllr Leddin said.
He welcomed the submission of the application, adding: “This is a derelict eyesore. It’s been like this for 20 years. I’ve campaigned over the years for the council to get a temporary lease on it, to try and get a park-and-ride. That was not possible, as we had three principal owners. It remained derelict, and an eyesore. People will have different views in terms of the proposal, in terms of the size of it. But this is an opportunity for them to have their say.”