New Limerick housing plan gets green light despite traffic concerns

Nick Rabbitts

Reporter:

Nick Rabbitts

Cllr Elenora Hogan

Cllr Elenora Hogan

THERE are fears of traffic chaos on the South Circular Road in Limerick after permission was given for 30 new homes.

An Bord Pleanala has granted the development at the old Greenpark ​Racecourse, with the caveat that the new residents have access to their homes from the South Circular Road via Greenpark Avenue.

City West Fine Gael councillor Elenora Hogan is very fearful, saying: “Greenpark Avenue is a narrow road used by both residents as access to their homes, and also as a back entrance to homes on the South Circular Road. There is also a creche on South Circular Road which is accessed from the Avenue. We have no objection to houses been built on the old Racecourse, our concern is the access to the site from the avenue.”

Cllr Hogan believes that 30 homes will mean up to 60 extra cars trying to access the South Circular Road in the peak traffic periods.

“This will cause chaos,” she said.

“The South Circular Road is already gridlocked most mornings. Traffic going to the schools, and drivers commuting to the city can cause backlogs out as far as Greenpark Avenue already. Add in the new cars, and we will have mayhem.”

She is particularly disappointed because, she claims, in the past the local authority gave a pledge there would be no further traffic access to the South Circular Road.

“We need to see a traffic study done in the South Circular Road, Dock Road area by the Council. There is a large bank of land remaining in Greenpark Racecourse – some owned by the Race Company, and some owned by the Council. Any future development in Greenpark Racecourse must be accessed either at Courtbrack Avenue, or the Dock Road at the Greenpark Roundabout,” she concluded.

Developers Michael Ryan and Sons sought planning permission from Limerick City and County Council for 31 homes at an unused landbank at the Greenpark Avenue in the South Circular Road.

Despite opposition, An Bord Pleanala has given the development the green light.