Limerick council questioned over rezoning of green area

Cllr Catherine Slattery
Cllr Catherine Slattery

LIMERICK City and County Council has been questioned over why the only green area that was zoned open space at Hillcroft Close on St Patrick’s Road has been rezoned to residential in the Draft Limerick Development Plan.

Speaking at last month’s Metropolitan District meeting, Fianna Fáil councillor Catherine Slattery explained that two local schools made submissions to the plan but nothing was mentioned regarding the green space at Hillcroft in their submissions.

“So why then was it decided that this space that provides recreational and an outdoor area for a cul de sac be zoned residential?” she asked.

In response, Senior Planner Karen Bourke said that in the preparation of the Draft Limerick Development Plan 2022-2028, the council reviewed and examined all lands through the city and environs and carried out extensive consultations to inform the preparation of the draft zoning maps for the area.

“In order to comply with national and regional planning policy in terms of achieving compact growth, numerous sites were rezoned to deliver residential development and meet the target identified for Limerick.

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“The Draft Limerick Development Plan was made by the elected members of Limerick City and County Council, which included this site, at a series of council meetings in 2021,” Ms Bourke added.