CLLR Joe Leddin has welcomed the decision of An Bord Pleanala to grant permission for the development of a new Post Office at Upper Henry Street.
The premises, which will be operated by post-mistress Maria Foley, will be located at a former betting shop which is situated adjacent to Willie Sexton’s pub.
Following the decision to grant permission, it is hoped the Post Office will open by the end of the month, once the renovation works are completed.
The new Post Office will serve the area which was previously served by a Post Office at Clontarf Place and more recently at O’Connell Avenue.
In April, planning permission was granted by Limerick City Council for a change of use at the premises, which is a protected structure.
However that decision was appealed by a number of third parties to An Bord Pleanala on a number of grounds.
These included the lack of off-street parking in the area and the likely increase in noise levels associated with customers using the Post Office.
The appellants also cited a number of procedural matters which they submitted should have deemed the initial planning application invalid.
However, In his report, planning inspector Robert Speer recommended that the decision of Limerick City Council be upheld.
He said it was likely that most of the customers would travel to the Post Office on foot and he said he did not believe the development would “seriously injure amenities of the area”.
He added that he did not believe the development would “adversely impact on the character or setting of the protected structure.”
An Bord Pleanala reject the appeal and planning permission was formally granted last week subject to a number of conditions, which include the payment of a development levy.
Cllr Leddin says the decision is good news for the locality, which has been without a post office for time.
“There are a lot of elderly people living in the area and they have been traipsing up and down to the GPO for the last year so this is positive news for them and for the community,” he said.
“As a local councillor I have met many people over the last number of months who have expressed their disappointment that the post office had closed. The services available for people through the post office are many from paying household bills, and collecting pensions,” he added.