Planning application lodged for prominent City Centre site

The former Limerick Debenhams store.

A PROMINENT Limerick City store could be set for a new lease of life.

A planning application has been lodged with Limerick City and County Council for change of use to turn the former Debenhams store on O’Connell Street into an aparthotel.

Under plans submitted to the Council, the basement, ground floor, and parts of the first and second floor levels would remain as retail units, while the upper floors would be used for hotel accommodation.

Additional windows would be added at the rear and a new ground floor exit would be constructed at the O’Connell Street elevation.

Limerick City and County Council confirmed that plans have been lodged for the site.

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Galway developer Dalespell is behind the plans, which would see the protected structure come back into use following the closure of the Debenhams chain three years ago.

The plans are currently at pre-validation stage which will see the Council review the application before considering whether to grant permission or not.

A decision is due on whether or not to approve the plans by early June.