Decision on Parkway Valley plans is delayed

Nick Rabbitts

Reporter:

Nick Rabbitts

A DECISION on whether further development will be allowed on the out-of-town Parkway Valley site will now not be made until the end of the month.

A DECISION on whether further development will be allowed on the out-of-town Parkway Valley site will now not be made until the end of the month.

Limerick County Council’s planners were expected to make a decision today on a series of applications from Alocin seeking an extension of permissions granted between 2006 and 2009 to construct a massive 50-unit retail site on lands off the Dublin Road.

Last month, it was revealed Suneil Sharma - formerly owner of the Opera Centre - had taken over the site, which was owned by troubled developer Liam Carroll.

Mr Sharma immediately lodged a series of applications looking for an extension of the various permissions which were due to expire next year.

There has been strong opposition from the city, while the County Council is seeking legal advice.

In the meantime, they have written to Alocin seeking further information on the works that are planned, including a full set of as-built drawings to what the site would look like following completion. If there is no response within four weeks, the planning authority will automatically refuse the application.

Mayor Jim Long said City Council may approach independent lawyers to review the plans.

“I will be calling councillors together, and one of the things I will have on the agenda is if we can look for a legal lister to review the whole application,” he said.