COUNCIL planners will next week decide on proposals to bring a long-derelict site on the southside back into use.
John McInerney is seeking planning permission to build 44 houses on a site behind the former Punch’s Cross Hotel at Templeville, off the Ballinacurra Road.
Although residents have broadly welcomed the development – partly due to the fact the land has become a haven for anti-social behaviour – concerns have been raised over traffic, as just one access point in and out from the Ballinacurra Road is being proposed.
According to plans presented to Limerick City and County Council, a derelict house at the top of the site will be knocked, with 44 new units being built on the land, known locally as the old Hassett’s site.
Local Labour councillor Joe Leddin described the site as “an eyesore at present”, adding: “We have a housing crisis. I am dealing with it every day of the week, so I welcome any development as long as it is in keeping with good planning, density and quality.”
There have been several planning applications for this parcel of land.
Planning is currently in place for 36 homes on the land, while controversially, there were earlier plans to build an apartment complex on the site.
This was opposed by local residents and councillors due to the fact the units would overlook neighbouring gardens leading to privacy concerns.
“The site is an eyesore at present. I think the residents will be very happy to see the end to a derelict site,” Cllr Leddin added.
Michael Coffey, who chairs the Southville-Gurteen Residents Association echoed these sentiments, but did express concerns over traffic.
“There is a lot of development in the area which is positive. The old site where they are building houses is also positive. But I would be concerned about the access and the safety. I am sure the houses will be of up to date standard, but our only concern is the amount of traffic in and out. You have schools up around the corner, you have all that kind of stuff, and the traffic is busy enough as it is at the moment,” he said.
Mr Coffey said he and a number of residents met with Cllr Leddin who agreed to lobby the developer to secure the perimeter due to anti-social behaviour on the site.
Cllr Leddin said if anything, he would be happier if the site was of slightly lower density.
“We are in a situation where it is no longer one car per house, it is two cars per house. This is an issue, but I presume these issues will come out as part of the planning process. If anything were to happen, I would be happy with the original density [of 36 homes],” he said.
One objection was received from a neighbour in the South Circular Road, who expressed concerns over the placing of two of the dwellings.
A decision is due to be made by next Thursday, September 17.