Limerick petrol station development given green light

Nick Rabbitts

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Nick Rabbitts

A redevelopment at the former Esso garage on the Dublin Road has been given the green light by planners
A PETROL station in Castletroy which closed in 2008 is set to reopen after planners gave the go-ahead to a redevelopment.

A PETROL station in Castletroy which closed in 2008 is set to reopen after planners gave the go-ahead to a redevelopment.

Inver Energy Ltd has applied to Limerick City and County Council to bring the former Esso garage beside the Hurler’s Pub on the Dublin Road back to life.

Back in 2009, Clancy Construction had sought to build a neighbourhood centre on the same site, leading to a number of objections from residents.

But Inver Energy is seeking to make major changes to this planning permission, granted in early 2010.

Overall, the retailing space will be cut from 554 square metres to 287.25 square metres.

The existing retail building on site will be extended to provide for a total convenience retail area of 150 square metres.

It will provide a hot food delicatessen and food preparation area, an off-licence, manager’s office, staff room and toilet facilities.

“The new retail shop building shall consist of a new serve over/delicatessen, [a] retail sales area, toilet facilities, offices, store etc,” the developer says in a statement to local authority planners.

Meanwhile, the existing forecourt signage would be relocated, according to the planning application, and the existing car wash facility will also be relocated to the western side of the site and modified.

There will be four fuel dispensing locations, one remote fuel dispensing location, and a car charging point for electrical vehicles.

Underground, Inver Energy will provide four 40,000 litre storage tanks.

This is because the previous underground tanks have since been decommissioned and removed following the garage’s closure at the onset of the recession back in 2008.

In supporting documents to the local authority, Inver Energy said it hopes to have the site operational by 2017.

Clancy Construction had previously gained permission to build on site - but the land has lain idle since.

At the time, a group of business owners in Castletroy sent a letter of opposition to the development.

They pointed out the current Castletroy Shopping Centre was 50% empty at the time, and said “overdevelopment” like this is “a prime example of ‘ghettoisation’ of a suburb without thought or care for the local community”.

Limerick City and County Council gave the development the go-ahead, with 25 conditions. These include a stipulation that construction work only takes place between 8am and 8pm. And so as not to damage the viability of city stores, the retail outlet can only sell motor and convenience goods.