Planning green light for 99 new homes in Limerick City after appeal

The overall phased masterplan for the site at Clonconane.

A PLANNING decision for a large housing development on the outskirts of Limerick City has been upheld by An Bord Pleanála (ABP).

Riverpoint Construction was granted planning permission for a development of 99 houses in the townland of Clonconane on the Old Cratloe Road in January 2023, but this decision was subsequently appealed by a number of parties.

As part of the development, 28 four-bedroom semi-detached houses would be built, with 36 three-bedroom semi-detached homes, 10 three-bedroom end of terrace units, 13 two-bedroom mid-terrace units and 12 apartments in a three-storey apartment block.

Three residents in the area lodged an appeal with An Bord Pleanála (ABP), with concerns around privacy of their homes once the new estate is built, that a crèche should be built to cater for the increased pressure on childcare in the area that the new development would cause, and that their initial objections to Limerick City and County Council as part of the original planning application weren’t dealt with satisfactorily.

The plans for the 99 homes come as part of an overall masterplan for the site, with the developer having lodged a number of planning applications with Limerick City and County Council.

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Now, ABP has made a decision to grant Riverpoint Construction permission for the development with revised conditions.

One of the conditions states that no more than 75 of the units be occupied until the developer constructs a crèche as part of the development.

Conditions around the hours that work can take place on the site, as well as the provision of electric vehicle parking spaces, and appropriate landscaping works were also included by ABP.

ABP’s inspector recommended that the apartment block be completely omitted from the development, however, the inspector was overruled by the board itself and the 12 apartments remain in the plans.

Riverpoint Construction have previously been granted permission by Limerick City and County Council for 250 houses on the site, with the newly-granted permission bringing that number to 349. A number of the developments have been appealed to An Bord Pleanála.