Plans for mixed-use development in Raheen deemed invalid by Council

An artist's impression of the proposed development on the site of the South Court Hotel in Raheen.

A PLANNING application for a significant development on the site of the South Court Hotel in Raheen has been found to be invalid by Limerick City and County Council planners.

Can2 Investments Limited had applied to the Council seeking permission to demolish part of the existing South Court Hotel and build a six-storey, two basement, mixed use development on the site.

As part of the plans, 104 residential apartments would be constructed, with residential amenity areas including a gym and a library, as well as two retail units, a childcare facility, and a ‘hotel link’ to join the apartments with the existing hotel.

The new ‘hotel link’ would feature a new hotel reception, staff welfare facilities, a new cafe and seating area, new commercial kitchen, and an extension to the existing Cream Room bar.

The development would see the construction of 49 two-bedroom apartments, four three-bed apartments, and one one-bedroomed apartment.

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However, planners in Limerick City and County Council have now deemed Can2 Investments plans to be invalid and have sought further information.

Planners said that while the planning application was for a six-storey development, the inclusion of the ground floor and two basements made the development a nine-storey development instead.

Can2 also stated that they actively engaged with the housing department in “Galway City Council” when drafting the plans, but Limerick Council planners pointed out that the planning application was in fact being submitted to Limerick City and County Council planners, and not Galway.

Other issues with regards to fees were also cited as reasons for the plans being deemed invalid.

The developers will now have to provide the further information sought by the Council before the plans can move forward.