Second phase of large scale development approved for city’s northside

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

THE SECOND phase of a large development on the city’s northside has been given the go ahead by planners at Limerick City and County Council.

A total of 115 residential units will be built at Ballygrennan, Moyross Avenue, as part of plans that will see a large private hospital and a nursing home built on the site that sits just off the end of the new Coonagh to Knockalisheen Road.

This phase of development will see 34 two-storey three-bedroom units, six two-storey four-bedroomed units, six three-storey four-bed units, and 27 three-storey three-bedroom units constructed.

The plans comes as part of a partnership between Tinwat Holdings and Clúid Housing Association.

Also given the go ahead by planners is a four-storey neighbourhood centre, which will include an apartment unit for elderly people, comprised of 42 two-bedroom apartments, as well as a communal roof garden.

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There will be a pharmacy with a drive-through dispensary window, a coffee shop, a convenience store, and a day-care centre.

Finally, there will be a three-storey nursing home unit, with 90 bed spaces, as well as parking, access roads, and all other associated site works.

The nursing home unit is expected to cost in the region of €20million and will employ 90 full-time and part-time staff once completed.

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

Limerick Chamber previously wrote to Limerick City and County Council in support of the development, saying that the new healthcare facility will “bolster health infrastructure” in Limerick and the Mid West.

The letter, co-signed by Chamber CEO Dee Ryan and Chief Economist Seán Golden, said that “the provision of additional capital infrastructure projects in the health sector is of critical importance”.

“Providing additional healthcare facilities, on top of what is already planned, will ensure we can efficiently deal with the pent-up demand within the system and adequately plan for future population growth.”

The planning application for the second phase of the development was granted subject to 34 conditions, including that all the houses on the site be used as social and affordable housing, that each home be equipped with charging infrastructure for electric vehicles, and that bins be installed in front of the café and pharmacy.