Decision on Opera Centre is postponed

A DECISION on the application for the €350m Opera Centre retail development in the city has now been postponed by two months.

An Bord Pleanala were due to come to a decision on the plans on Friday last, but have now set the date of April 9 next for a final decision of the revised plans.

Meanwhile, a three-day oral hearing on the expansion of the Crescent Shopping Centre will take place in County Hall from March 3.Its outcome will determine whether Marks & Spencer will open an outlet in the suburbs. Limerick City Council believes the final decision will be "crucial" for the development of the city centre, as the British chain have said they are hopeful of opening an outlet in the city centre also.

Until such time as a planning decision is made on both retail centres, a spokesperson for M&S said it couldn't determin where the larger outlet will be located.


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