Petrol giants' bid to block 'Obama Plaza' style development in Limerick

Nick Rabbitts

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Nick Rabbitts

The proposed new plaza set for the Clondrinagh Industrial Estate

The proposed new plaza set for the Clondrinagh Industrial Estate

TOPAZ and Petrogas have objected to the development of an ‘Obama plaza’ style service station on the northside of Limerick.

The two gas giants have launched separate objections to An Bord Pleanala against the council’s decision to grant planning permission to a huge forecourt development at Clondrinagh, promising 150 jobs.

Developer Liam Carroll is seeking to construct a service station and a 650-square metre two-storey restaurant building with a drive-thru facility and a children’s area.

Pat O’Neill, director of The Link, is the company delivering the scheme, says it will be comparable in size and scale to the Barack Obama plaza in Moneygall, Co Offaly.

But Petrogas and Topaz, who both operate rival petrol stations near to the proposed site, have sought a review of the decision.

Local TD Maurice Quinlivan, who has met with the developers, said he was “disappointed” to see potential jobs being held up.

“This project has the potential to deliver a number of jobs in construction and going forward. It’s a part of the northside which has not been developed to its full potential and I believe this is part of doing that,” he said.

Petrogas claimed the plan goes against Limerick’s city development plan, which would not allow fast-food take-away facilities in petrol stations – as well as noting concerns over the parking of heavy goods vehicles.

Mr O’Neill said despite the fact the case has been referred to the national appeals body, “we’re still confident of a favourable outcome”.

“It’s par for the course. But we have received nothing but support on our application. Clondrinagh business park needs this injection of a development which will have a far reaching spin-off for everyone,” he added.

If it gets permission, the station would operate on a 24/7 basis, with the restaurant open between 6am and 10pm. Fifty permanent jobs would be created as well as 100 building roles.