Concerns: Cllr Michael Hourigan
UP to 700 new homes could be built in an under-developed part of Limerick in a bid to ease pressure on the housing list.
Limerick City and County Council has identified a 14-hectare site to develop between 490 and 700 houses at lands in Coonagh.
The data was given as part of a comprehensive list of other lands in the city suitable for the construction of between 1,090 and 1,334 houses to members of the council’s housing committee, which met this Monday.
Some 178 units are earmarked for Toppins Field on the southside, while various other sites have been identified for smaller builds, including Childers Road (60 homes), Mary Street (45 homes) and Vance’s Lands (100 homes).
But the biggest project among the lot is set for Coonagh – although the local authority says the plan is dependent on the delivery of the Coonagh to Knockalisheen Road, and has stated this scheme has a “long term aim” of over six years.
Northside Fine Gael councillor Michael Hourigan has warned against repeating mistakes of the past, however.
He said: “The new road will open up a significant portion of land. But the idea of putting in large numbers of houses needs to be very carefully managed. We have made mistakes in the past, like in Moyross, putting in 700 houses without things that are normally there to support the community. If any development is goijng in that area, it must be very strategically done.”
The council has the site identified as being ‘mixed tenure’, which suggests private and social housing will be built side-by-side – unlike the situation in nearby Moyross, where it was only local authority tenants originally living in the area.
The Coonagh to Knockalisheen Road, which the plan for 700 homes appears to be dependent upon, has been included in the government’s Project Ireland 2040 plan, and is expected by 2021.