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The Limerick Leader are reporting that Marks & Spencer (and not the developers Stapleyside & Derenburg) are to take their case to An Bord Pleanala. Either way, it dosent come as much of a surprise!

M&S appeal refusal of planning permission

By John Hogan

THE decision by Limerick County Council to refuse plans for a multi-million euro expansion of the Crescent Shopping Centre, including a Marks & Spencer outlet, is to be appealed.

The council decided in July that the development should not go ahead as it would cause “serious traffic congestion in the area.” Minister for Defence, Willie O’Dea, subsequently urged Stapeyside Company Ltd & Derenburg Ltd, the Dublin-based firm behind the application, not to appeal the council’s decision.

However, a spokesperson for Marks & Spencer confirmed this Wednesday that an appeal is to be lodged. “This application was not made by Marks & Spencer, it was made by a different company, but it is our understanding that an appeal is going to be lodged against the refusal,” she said.

The spokesperson said she was unaware if the Dublin based firm would lodge a revised application which would address the councils fears that the development would “render the road network unsuitable to carry the increased road traffic.”

Two initial applications were made for the development in January for the expansion of the Dooradoyle shopping centre and to revise the current traffic layout to accommodate the rise in visitors to the centre.

She added that no definite decision has yet been made on Marks & Spencer installing a second store in Limerick’s new Opera Centre.
“We are not legally bound to having a store in the Opera Centre yet, although it is certainly a very desirable location. One thing that I can confirm is that we certainly hope to have two different shops in two different locations in Limerick.”

The spokesperson said that Marks & Spencer had not considered the option of expanding its operation at the opera centre if a second application for an expansion in Dooradoyle was turned down.

Reacting to the news Minister O’Dea said he had been opposed to the Dooradoyle proposal from the start and hoped that the County Council decision would not be reversed.

Mike Cussen of Dooradoyle/Raheen Residents Alliance Committee said the area is crammed as it is and does not need another major development to put further pressure on the infrastructure.
“A development like this would lead to all kinds of problems with noise and traffic, but its typical; all they’ve wanted to do for the last couple of years is build and build. Meanwhile we dont even have our own community centre, which is ridiculous. Look at the amount of houses here.”

The declined application proposed nine new retail units which would have been located along a new retail street between Marks & Spencer and the existing Crescent Shopping Centre.

The Marks & Spencer store was to occupy over 10,000 square metres and was to be located at the southeast of the site, opposite the Garryowen entrance. A seven-storey car park over basement level, which would accommodate 881 parking spaces, was also in the plans.

© Limerick Leader

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