Review of Limerick Regeneration 'Plan C' in final stages

Fintan Walsh

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Fintan Walsh

Review of Limerick Regeneration 'Plan C' in final stages

Deputy Maurice Quinlivan, eager to see new Regeneration report

A SIGNIFICANT review of Limerick Regeneration’s progress over the past two years is due to be published in the coming weeks, it has been revealed.

Limerick City and County Council has confirmed that a full review of its Framework Implementation Plan, which came into fruition in 2014, will be launched in October.

However, a separate monitoring on regeneration’s social intervention fund has been delayed. Minister for Environment, Com-munity and Local Government, Simon Coveney told Dáil Éireann on July 21 that it would be available by September, but a publication date has yet to be announced.

Local representatives are eager to see the findings within the next report. Sinn Féin TD Maurice Quinlivan said that the programme has “caused huge problems.

“What I would like to see with this reduced plan that we have been working on since 2014, that the plan is delivered and those houses are built. There has been a massive house demolition across the city. There is a complete sense that the whole project hasn’t delivered, and even that is the second part of the project.”

Cllr John Gilligan, who described the current programme as regeneration “Plan C”, said: “We have to do something. I believe that the conditions that we have left people in is appalling, and it is something that must change.”

Separately, a spokesperson for the council has said that the delivery of 4,400 additional private housing units in regeneration areas by 2022, as part of the Limerick City Development Plan “will take time”.

“It must be noted that there has been very limited private housing activity in Limerick in the past number of years.  

“Given the current recovering state of the housing market, it is envisaged that once the regeneration areas are stabilised and consolidated with the completion of the replacement housing schemes, new linkages, improved services and community uses that the areas will gradually become more attractive for private development,” the spokesperson said.

Deputy Quinlivan said: “There is no way you could even build 1% of that.” Cllr Gilligan called the targets “fantasty land”.

However, Cllr Gilligan said that he is hopeful about housing in St Mary’s Park, and is expecting units to be constructed in 2017.

“Finally, we are beginning to see an improvement in the situation, and we will be seeing buildings going up there, as early as next year.

“And from that point of view, I am really pleased.”