Locals object to plans for over 100 houses in County Limerick village

Maria Flannery

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Maria Flannery

More than 100 new houses are being planned for Patrickswell in a number of separate developments

More than 100 new houses are being planned for Patrickswell in a number of separate developments

MORE THAN one hundred new houses are being planned for the County limerick village of Patrickswell in a number of separate developments.

But the community council in the local area has warned the local authority that it must provide facilities for the increasing population in tandem with developments.

Planning permission has been granted for 49 houses at Barnakyle, just outside the village of Patrickswell. The development will comprise 30 detached, 16 semi-detached and three terraced houses.

A separate planning application, by another developer, is currently being processed for a development of another 49 houses at Ballyanrahan East. This proposal would see six detached, 40 semi-detached and three terraced houses being built.

And in the midst of those private developments, a Part 8 planning application is also underway, proposing 16 social houses in Lisheen Park.

Patrickswell Community Council has objected to the developments on the grounds that Limerick City and County Council must consider public facilities to cater for the population.

“We regret having to object to these developments, but we just feel it’s necessary at the moment to do something to highlight the lack of facilities,” said Mike Ahern, PRO for the community council.

“The danger is that it just goes on and on and we’re ignored. It looks like there is even more development to take place in the future, but these are just the blocks of development that are planned at the moment,” he added.

The community council notified local people of the developments and their “difficult choice” to object in a monthly newsletter.

“We fully support any housing developments planned for Patrickswell but we feel very strongly about the lack of facilities, which is evident for all to see now.

“It is our opinion that the granting of planning permission by Limerick City and County Council for future housing developments must consider what facilities are required and what facilities exist, and fund or assist in the provision of these facilities,” read the statement.

The village on the outskirts of Limerick city, which had a population of nearly 850 in the 2016 Census, is well connected by motorway, and is one of the areas being targeted for development as Limerick’s urban area sprawls.