Limerick councillor: property advert gives ‘false impression’

Nick Rabbitts

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Nick Rabbitts

SOUTHSIDE councillor Diarmuid Scully has criticised an advertisement, which has appeared on a number of property web sites, advertising land for development in Singland.

SOUTHSIDE councillor Diarmuid Scully has criticised an advertisement, which has appeared on a number of property web sites, advertising land for development in Singland.

O’Connor Murphy Gubbins Auctioneers has used a number of different web sites to advertise lands for development in Lynwood Park.

Although the land is zoned as residential, anyone looking to develop on site would need to get planning permission.

And Cllr Scully is upset because the images used are taken from a controversial planning application which was rejected by City Council and An Bord Pleanala early last year.

Local residents fought a long battle with the defunct developer Bellisle Properties, which wanted to build 34 houses and 13 apartments on the land, close to the railway.

It was the second time the Clare development company had applied for permission to build on the land, with both rejected.

Now, Cllr Scully believes the advertisements, which are available online, give a false impression due to the use of architect’s impressions previously supplied by Bellisle to the council.

He said: “The inclusion of these photos, in my opinion, gives the false impression that such a development would now be possible on this site. It would not, for the reasons outlined in the refusal of planning permission.”

Cllr Scully said the advertisement had worried residents in the area, who were “united in their opposition” to the plan.

“The auctioneer should remove the photos from this ad and instead make reference to the fact that a significant proportion of the site is not available for housing as it has been sterilised to protect the strategic asset that is the adjacent railway line. This would be a far more accurate representation of the situation than that currently conveyed,” Cllr Scully said.

A spokesman for O’Connor Murphy Gubbins was not available as the Leader went to press.