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Clancy Strand Apartments
The dispute between Clancy Strand residents and the developer Ger Wall is turning out to be a fairly ugly affair! An image of the proposed development appeared on the front page of the limerick leader city edition on friday in what I would consider to be a pure publicity stunt! Mr Wall is clearly trying to portray his development as cutting edge & modern:D when in reality we all know that the finished product will be yet another pile of rubbish! I like the piece about “making the Hilton apartments look like social housing” What a ridiculous attempt to talk up his little project! some would say the Hilton apartments already look like social housing!:rolleyes:
Its high time for Limerick city council to get the finger out and stop letting clowns like Mr Wall dictate the development of the city!
BITTER BATTLE OF CLANCY STRAND
By ANNE SHERIDAN
THE MAN behind the controversial â‚¬10 million residential development on Clancy Strand has spoken out for the first time to emphasise that only a fraction of the proposed building will be seven storeys in height.
City businessman Gerard Wall, a resident of Clancy Strand, said if the project is given the green light by Limerick City Council it will make the apartments next to the Hilton hotel “look like social housing”.
To date, 23 objections have been lodged against the proposed development and residents say they intend to take their case to An Bord Pleanala if the planning department approve the application.
“I would fully expect it go to An Bord Pleanala but the majority of the people on Clancy Strand are in favour of the development. We’ve done exactly what the planners have asked of us and they have endorsed the designs,” said Mr Wall.
Mr Wall originally sought to demolish three historic buildings on Clancy Strand – Strandville, Roseville and Curragour House – to construct 49 apartments.
Under a revised application this figure has been reduced to 41 apartments, and a portion of the development has been raised in height to seven stories. The style of the building has also been changed from neo-classical to contemporary.
“The majority of the development is three to four storeys; only one sixth amounts to seven storeys. After receiving feedback from the public, the council asked us to make it contemporary and cutting edge and that is what we’ve done,” he said, adding that without the tower “the whole development would fall flat”.
Since the original planning application was lodged last May, Roseville or Jackson’s Turret, as it is more commonly known, is now a listed building and is proposed to be incorporated into the new development. Mr Wall owns Jackson’s Turret and lives there with his family. He said it will be “refurbished as if it was 1765” and at a cost of â‚¬500,000.
But one resident believes “the new revised plans are worse than the originals”. Anne Hanrahan, who has resided in the area for 50 years, said she is “distraught that this proposal is even being considered” and Leyden Hassett Associates are now representing her case.
The final date for receipt of objections is this Friday and the planning office is expected to reach a decision by September 20.
Limerick Leader 07 September 2007