Election hopeful demands ‘planning summit’ over controversial development plans in Monaleen

A computer generated image of what the development on the Golf Links Road in Monaleen could look like.

A CANDIDATE for the upcoming 2024 Local Elections has called on the council and other stakeholders to organise a “planning summit” in relation to a controversial large-scale housing development in the Monaleen area.

Peter Doyle, a Fine Gael candidate for the upcoming election, said that while he acknowledges that more houses in Limerick are needed, there are a number of infrastructural upgrades that need to be made first to the planned development on the Golf Links Road.

The controversy centres around a development of 123 houses and apartments that Limerick City and County Council have given the go ahead to in the Golf Links Road area of Monaleen.

The plans were met with widespread complaints from people living in the area, with over 60 submissions made to the council by locals.

Issues around the lack of school places for children, the lack of a Garda station in the area, and concerns about the sewage system that serves the existing estates of Kylemore, Ashfort, and Evanwood were all raised during the planning process.

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Fine Gael candidate for the upcoming Local Elections, Peter Doyle.

Now, in a statement to the Limerick Post, Peter Doyle has outlined a number of steps that he believes should be taken before the new housing development is built.

Among them is a new Garda station for Castletroy, a new primary school and the rebuilding of Monaleen National School, better road infrastructure, and a new playground. He also expressed a desire that a new sewage route be found for the proposed Golf Links Road development.

Mr Doyle is calling on the CEO of Limerick City and County Council, Dr Pat Daly, to organise a “planning summit” to iron out these issues.

“I am calling on  the CEO of Limerick City and County Council to convene a planning summit for Castletroy in March 2024 with all the stakeholders present such as the Garda Commissioner, Department of Education, Uisce Éireann, planners, and our local county councillors addressing the above issues and hopefully result in an action plan,” the Fine Gael candidate said.

“I have worked closely with the local residents associations and I understand their concerns and anger with the way Castletroy is being developed and lack of good planning.”