Former Limerick City post office the latest derelict building to come under planning process

The old post office on Clontarf Place is hoped for residential use.

A FORMER city centre post office could be turned into a number of apartments if plans set to be put before Limerick City and County Council are granted.

Henry Street Developments have signalled their intention to apply for permission to demolish the former post office building at 11 and 12 Clontarf Place in Limerick City, as well as the rear buildings at numbers one to four Wellesley Lane.

The developers intend to replace the existing buildings with eight apartments, a bike storage area, and a secure access gateway.

The planning application also includes plans to make alternations to the adjacent Kyle House apartment building, including the closing up of some windows.

Developers had previously sought planning permission for the same site, with council planners refusing permission on the grounds that full demolition on the site had not beed “justified”.

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“Full demolition of the site structures has not been justified and the proposal as presented would be contrary” to the Limerick Development Plan, which seeks to preserve the heritage of Limerick’s Architectural Conservation Areas, a letter from Limerick City and County Council planners said.

This was despite agents acting for the developers stressing that the buildings are in poor structural condition and have extensive vegetation growth which will lead to the building becoming more structurally unsound over time.

It was stated that part of the rear wall of the building had collapsed, leaving it open to the elements and leading to further degradation of the structure.

Elsewhere in the city, Henry Street Developments currently have plans before Limerick City and County council to develop numbers 39, 40, and 46 Cecil Street.

The developers are seeking to build six studio apartments in 46 Cecil Street, two apartment units at 40 Cecil Street, and three apartments in number 39.

Decisions on all three of these planning applications are due in February.