Library plan for LIT moves a step closer

Nick Rabbitts

Reporter:

Nick Rabbitts

PLANS for a new library at the Limerick Institute of Technology have moved a step closer after an appeal to An Bord Pleanala on the project was withdrawn.

PLANS for a new library at the Limerick Institute of Technology have moved a step closer after an appeal to An Bord Pleanala on the project was withdrawn.

The developer behind the multi-million euro project, Solas Education for Life, had appealed Limerick City Council’s grant of permission to build to the national planning authority.

But after they withdraw their query, work on the site could get under way in the next few months.

Solas won planning permission from Limerick City Council to develop on a 4,600-square metre site to the south-east of LIT’s Moylish Campus on the northside.

The development would see the erection of a three-storey library resource information centre building, partly over some of LIT’s existing buildings.

This would comprise of a cafe/restaurant space on the lower ground floor, with learning, training and associated facilities on the other three floors.

According to documents lodged with the City Planning Authority, the development would also include bicycle parking, and site development works including landscaping.

Limerick City Council gave the development the green light, subject to 14 conditions including the payment of €423,360 in development levies.