Plans lodged for multi-million euro development in Ballygrennan

An artist's rendition of the proposed development in Ballygrennan.

A PLANNING application for a major development in Ballygrennan has been submitted to Limerick City and County Council.

The scope of the €40million project includes plans for a €20million nursing home, which will employ 90 people, with 115 residential units.

Planning for the first phase of the Ballygrennan Regeneration Development Site, located on the Coonagh to Knockalisheen Road, was lodged with council planners last week.

The application for the first stage of development by Whitebox development includes a €40million UPMC-owned medical campus, which will create 230 new jobs in the area.

The second phase will be for the development of a €20million, three-storey nursing home employing a further 90 full-time and part-time staff.

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The 90-bed nursing home will be run by one of Ireland’s largest private nursing home providers, Mowlam Healthcare.

The second application will also include 115 residential units, comprising 73 three and four-bedroom houses and 42 two-bedroom apartments.

The residential element of the second phase will see a further €40million investment and 30 full and part-time staff.

The investment is a three-way project between Whitebox, UPMC, and Clúid Housing, and will be managed by Limerick Twenty Thirty, the property development company established as a special purpose vehicle of Limerick City and County Council to plan and develop key strategic sites throughout the county.

Construction on the medical campus, planning permission allowing, will begin early next year, with the wider project, including the first phase of the housing programme, set for completion in Q3 2026.

Welcoming the planning application, Limerick Twenty Thirty chairman Conn Murray said: “This investment in medical campus, nursing home, and residential units is the type and scale of investment that Limerick has been waiting for on the north side of the city for decades.”

“This will be a truly regenerative programme as it will significantly enhance the economic profile of this part of the city and create unprecedented employment opportunities. This is exactly the type of project that would have been envisaged when Limerick set out its regeneration programme in the mid-2000s and its benefits will be felt well beyond this particular part of Limerick and deep into the wider city and region,” he said.

Fr Pat Hogan, parish priest at Moyross, added: “We’ve been looking forward to and hoping for a project like this here in this area for a long, long time. It will put the wider Moyross area, but also Limerick and the Mid West, on a new trajectory, giving opportunity and advancement on the doorstep here that has never previously existed.”

“This is going to be huge for the community, not just for employment but for confidence too, not least our younger people.”