Plans for Limerick housing development revised after earlier refusals

Fintan Walsh

Reporter:

Fintan Walsh

Michael Ryan, developer

Michael Ryan, developer

A DEVELOPER has submitted a third planning application for the development of more than 30 houses in Limerick city outskirts, after An Bord Pleanala turned down the project twice. 

MA Ryan and Sons Ltd is seeking the green light from Limerick City and County Council for the construction of 31 houses at an unused land bank at Greenpark Avenue on South Circular Road.

Plans for this development, which were approved by the council twice, were hampered by An Bord Pleanala in April 2013 and June 2017, after local residents objected to the project.

In June last, An Bord Pleanala stated that the project “would not be conducive to pedestrian safety”; it would result in “inadequate quantity and quality public open space”; and give rise to “substandard level of residential amenity for future occupiers”.

At the time of the report, developer Michael Ryan said that it was “a poor call” by the authority, though he said he “respects the open process”.

In April 2013, the authority turned down the application based on the risk of flooding. According to a planning statement by Clare planning consultant Michael Leahy, the current application “followed the board’s recommendation to avoid areas at risk of future flooding”.

Speaking to the Limerick Chronicle this week, Mr Ryan said: “We are hoping that this proposal will address the requirements of the Board. We are addressing the issues that have arisen from the Board.” 

Mr Leahy’s report stated: “We believe that all of the issues raised by the Board have now been comprehensively addressed and that the proposal is in compliance with good planning and with all relevant development standards.”

The report states that open space at the site “has now become a driving factor” of the revised development.

Car parking at the Greenpark Avenue development, comprising 70 spaces, is planned to be located at two main squares “in such a way that they complement the open spaces and are identified as being in areas of pedestrian priority”. 

MA Ryan and Son’s application was filed on December 15 last, and it is expected that Limerick City and County Council’s planning office will make a decision on the proposal by February 17.