Plans advancing for almost 300 homes on council-owned land

The Toppins Field site may see more than 285 new homes close to Limerick City.

PLANS for a development with at least 285 homes on Limerick’s southside are advancing, it has been confirmed.

Limerick City and County Council have welcomed approval from the Government for 67 new homes at Toppins Field under a public private partnership as part of an overall masterplan for the site.

Toppins Field, which sits on council-owned lands between Carew Park and Rathbane, could have a minimum of 285 new homes developed on the site.

56 new homes on the site were also given Government approval in July, and will be delivered under the Affordable Housing Fund.

Work is underway on the preplanning design phase for these 56 units, as a first move in the realisation of the larger masterplan.

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The masterplan envisages a mixed-use, mixed-tenure development, where 50 per cent of the homes would be affordable, 30 per cent would be social rentals, and a further 20 per cent would be for private rightsizing.

A crèche and common areas, including a playground and public amenity parks.

The scheme was also designed to make use of, and retain, water on the site, including a new pond area and ecology park.

Mayor of the City and County of Limerick, Cllr Gerald Mitchell, welcomed the advancement of the scheme: “Progress on the Toppins Field masterplan is very welcome as we address the current housing challenges. It is a mixed-tenure estate that aligns with the Council’s commitment to regenerate the south side of the city. The masterplan for the area reflects an ambition to create a thriving community in a prime location.”

Director of housing services at Limerick City and County Council, Caroline Curley, added: “This development is a key part of this Council’s overall housing plans for the coming years and the funding approval advanced for both affordable and social homes is very welcome.”

“Over the coming months, a number of planning applications will begin preparation. Importantly, this brings a step closer the opportunity to provide more mixed tenure housing in an area that is in great need of these homes.”