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Report on Jackson’s Turret underway (Limerick Post)

by Marie Hobbins http://www2.limerickpost.ie/fullnews.elive?id=1&category=news

A MERIT report on one of the city’s most architecturally unique buildings has been commissioned by Limerick City Council.

Recent confirmation that Jackson’s Turret on Clancy Strand was not on the list of preserved buildings came as a shock to the city’s politicians and general public.

The building, which dates back to the early 1700s, is earmarked for demolition should planning permission be granted to a development for a five-storey apartment block on Clancy Strand.

The proposed 49-apartment development with underground parking, which would intrude into the adjacent cul de sac of Priory Park has attracted considerable controversy and objections. These have been lodged with City Council’s planning department on the basis of its incompatibility with the historic character of the area.

The developers have, meantime been advised by the planning department of its “serious concerns in relation to the sustainable nature, scale, design, height, servicing and off-street parking provision and traffic generation of the proposed development and its effects on Clancy Strand and adjoining areas”.

The developer has also been advised of City Hall’s “serious concerns related to the efficacy of the demolition of the building known as Jackson’s Turret and the impact such demolition would have on the historical and visual character of the area”.

Welcoming the Council’s move to uphold his recommendation that a merit report on Jackson’s Turret be secured, former mayor, Cllr Michael Hourigan, said that the 300-year-old building, which has no visible signs of damage, “perfectly suits the surrounding environment which includes the medieval King John’s Castle, the Treaty Stone, Curraghower Falls and the river landscape of the Hunt Museum, St Mary’s Cathedral, as well as City Hall and the river marina”.

Commenting to the Limerick Post, Cllr Hourigan said he considers that commissioning the merit report is the best way to determine the importance of the building .

“This report will come back to Limerick City Council where officials and councillors will then be in a better position to make a decision about the issue,” he said.

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