Homes for elderly planned for King John’s Castle car park

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PLANS have been lodged to build 27 houses for older people on a site which is currently in use as a car-park for visitors to King John’s Castle.

Limerick City and County Council have lodged a planning notice for the homes at the site defined by Castle Street, Island Gate, Old Dominick Street and Church Street known as the Orchard Site, Kings Island, Limerick.

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The proposed development will consist of six one bed and 14  two-bed apartments in buildings varying in height from one to three storeys organised around a central garden and new pedestrian route.

There will also be works adjacent to the City Wall, a recorded archaeological monument and protected structure, and landscaping and works to existing boundary walls.

Also included are plans for three one-bed and four two-bed apartments in buildings varying in height from 1-2 storeys including modifications and re-paving of a section of Old Dominick Street.

The design includes space for ten cars to park as well as new car and pedestrian access, landscaping and public and private amenity spaces.

Limerick City and County Council has carried out an Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA) Screening Report and has determined that there is no likelihood of significant effects on the environment.

But members of the public still have a few days – one month from the lodging of the notice on June 20 – to apply to An Bord Pleanála for a screening determination.

Limerick City and County Council has also carried out an Appropriate Assessment (AA) Screening Report and determined that a full Appropriate Assessment is not required in respect of this proposed development.

Submissions and observations in relation to the proposed development, dealing with the proper planning and sustainable development of the area in which the development would be situated may be made in writing to: Planning and Environmental Services Department, Limerick City and County Council Offices, Dooradoyle Road before 4 pm on Thursday, August 6..