Planning approval for 384 new homes in Raheen

Computer generated image of the new housing development in Raheen.

A NEW development in Raheen will see the delivery of 202 houses and 182 apartments and duplexes, as well as a new childcare facility.

Irish-owned company DW Raheen Developments Ltd this week announced that they have received planning permission from An Bord Pleanála for a sustainable and positive housing development on a greenfield site in Raheen, close to Limerick City.

The development will see the provision of a new childcare facility, playground, substantial open space within the development, alongside a perimeter cycle track and over 300 bike spaces.

Gary Lawlor, managing director of Lawlor Burns and Associates, who are the project managers and quantity surveyors of the development, said this week’s news demonstrates their commitment to Limerick.

“Limerick is a thriving city and county with a growing population and workforce. In recent months hundreds of high-end jobs have been announced for the city and many of these workers will be seeking high-quality housing to live in. This proposed development offers this housing solution,” he explained.

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“The site for the development has access to the R510 and is close to all local amenities such as shops, educational facilities, centres of employment, parks and hospitals. Almost one-third of the development will be reserved for open spaces, such as a playground, large courtyards, wooded areas, cycle pathways and pedestrian walkways.

“This development will help to address the housing need for all types of homeowners, from first-time buyers, to cost rental properties and social housing.  We want to be ambitious for Limerick but also deliver housing in a sustainable manner, so that housing needs of all are being addressed.”

The Raheen development will see 202 houses; 156 apartments and 26 duplexes delivered.

“By adding this housing stock, it will help to ease the housing pressure in the local vicinity, making rents and housing more affordable for others.  It will also mean that Limerick can remain competitive in attracting large scale foreign direct investment.

“The development will see over 300 bike storage stands delivered and a new childcare facility for young families in the area.  This will be a sustainable development for Limerick and help it keep pace with its growth and development strategies.

“We are pleased that this development has received planning permission and we now hope to move to construction as soon as possible.  We want to thank the local residents and public representatives for their engagement with us during this planning process and we will continue to engage and consult with them during the construction phase of this project,” Mr Lawlor added.

Speaking to the Limerick Post following this week’s announcement, Labour Party councillor Joe Leddin called on the developer to start engaging with the Council’s Planning Department to address concerns on proposed permeability access from the new housing estate into the existing neighbouring estates such as Ballinvoher.

“There is additional lands outside the site area that has been granted planning currently zoned Open Space that could facilitate access links both to the main R510 road and also via Blackberry Lane,” the City West representative said.

“I also welcome the decision not to grant a 10-year timeframe in favour of a five-year limit to complete the development, as again it would impact negatively on local residents and wider community, if they had to endure ten years of construction.
“The grant of planning has a number of conditions attached and once residents have had an opportunity to examine the grant order by An Bord Pleanála I will be asking the developer to work with the community to ensure clear lines of communications are maintained from the start of this development,” Cllr Leddin concluded.