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Plans for church site withdrawn (Limerick Post)

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CONTROVERSIAL plans for an office development on the site of St Michael’s Church in Pery Square, have been withdrawn by local architect, Michael Healy.

The story first broke in the Limerick Post last year.

Mr Healy’s office confirmed this Wednesday that they had notified the planning department at City Hall of their intentions to withdraw.

Mr Jack O’Hurley, of the planning department, said they had received notification on Tuesday.

“Mr Healy had been in constant discussion with us and certain aspects of the development would have been raised.

“Such meetings with developers are not unusual, and neither is it unusual for revised plans to be submitted at a later stage”.

City planners were briefed earlier this week by local politicians for Ward 2 on the concerns voiced to them by parents and people who had reservations about the proposed development on the site of St Michael’s Church.

At an information briefing in the planning department in City Hall, Cllr Jim Long, Cllr Maria Byrne and Mayor Joe Leddin referred to the possible removal of mature trees from the adjoining People’s Park, the height of the development and the negative impact this could have on St Michael’s School building.

Speaking to the Limerick Post, Cllr Jim Long said that a major issue involved is the required rezoning of the land involved before any development can be envisaged.

“Unless there is rezoning from residential, and so far there is a negative response to doing this, it’s my opinion that any similar application will fall,” he said.

Mr Healy had earlier told the Limerick Post that he had proposed new offices for his firm on the second floor, with the Church of Ireland being allocated the ground floor for their own purposes.

He had emphasised that developers were not involved in the project and it was strictly a private arrangement between his firm and the Church of Ireland.

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