MORE than 50 people have objected to controversial plans to convert an old hotel into an apartment complex in Limerick city.
Eoin Ryan of McKeogh Gallagher Ryan, the statutory receiver to Budelli Construction, is seeking permission to convert the former Clarion Suites apart-hotel on the Ennis Road into 61 apartments.
A total of 51 people have lodged objections to the plans, in the form of 30 formal submissions to the planning authority.
This includes a letter from 12 residents of Highfield, off the Ennis Road, requesting that “the planning application be rejected out of hand”.
Donal O’Shea, of Roses Avenue said: “I have not come across anybody who is for this project.”
Fears have also been raised over an increase in demand for electrical power in the area, plus a rise in the need for clean water and the “unsightly” appearance of more aerials and satellite dishes arising from the development.
The residents of Highfield added: “The conversion of the units in the derelict Clarion suites will mean that there would now be over 200 permanent residents in the new enlarged apartments with very little space for leisure activities, and totally inadequate water, sewage, car parking spaces, and gardens for such a large influx.”
The number of apartments proposed, another objector said, is “greatly excessive and out of character with the area”.
It has also been stated that the balconies are too small for full-time apartments and the rooms are more appropriate for overnight stays, as was the case when the Clarion Suites were opened.
One person who wrote to the council added: “When the apart-hotel and its balconies were previously occupied, it gave rise to constant anti-social behaviour, including instances of residents shouting at one another from one balcony to the other, and the playing of loud music.”
Mr O’Shea told the Limerick Leader that he could not understand why the building was not being returned to its original use as a hotel.
“You hear now of hotels doing well. I was out at a hotel on the outskirts of the city at 8am, and there were six buses there, and the restaurant was full of people having breakfast. So I cannot understand why they don’t sell it in as a hotel.”
The development is currently on hold, with the council seeking further information about it.