The Land Development Agency (LDA) has today launched a public consultation on plans for a major urban development and rejuvenation project in the heart of Limerick City. The Colbert Station Quarter project will transform this part of Limerick city, incorporating new urban districts to be developed over time delivering potentially 2,800 homes in addition to commercial space, public spaces alongside sustainable transport options.
The development of this draft spatial framework demonstrates the potential to transform state lands to deliver much needed affordable housing and supporting development. This supports the Government’s Housing for All Strategy, included commitments to transfer State land to the LDA that is capable of delivering 10-15,000 homes on top of the LDA’s existing pipeline. This will be the largest ever transfer of State land for housing and includes major strategic sites in Limerick’s Colbert Station, including lands owned by CIE, HSE. The transfer of state lands to the LDA for Colbert Station Quarter supports the aims to transform parts of the underutilised public lands in the area to deliver mixed tenure homes, including affordable and social homes.
An early priority with potential for housing development by the LDA is on part of the HSE lands to the rear of St. Joseph’s which has been identified for transfer under the Housing for All Strategy. Subject to the public consultation and ongoing engagement with HSE, these lands are ideally positioned for development of mixed tenure housing, including affordable and social housing in the coming few years.
The Colbert Quarter is of strategic importance to Limerick City, and the Draft Spatial Framework sets out how the overall scheme could evolve. This Draft Framework was developed by the LDA working with Limerick City and County Council, CIE and HSE. It represents a blueprint for the potential transformation of this significant area of Limerick City over time. The Draft Framework which is also accompanied by a Strategic Environmental Assessment (SEA) Environmental Report, an Appropriate Assessment (AA) Natura Impact Report and a Strategic Flood Risk Assessment is now open for public consultation until 11th November 2021.
The Colbert Station Quarter, an area in the heart of Limerick City made up almost entirely of state-owned land, offers the potential to truly transform underutilised brownfield areas into a vibrant, liveable, mixed use and compact urban quarter which will be driven by affordable housing. It provides for transport orientated development and seeks to achieve a vibrant mix of homes, landmark buildings, unique pedestrian and cycling infrastructure, employment space and new parks and play areas. There will also be enhanced facilities for health, education and other key services.
This is all proposed to be set within a highly connected series of parklands and open space with enhanced green areas and a new high quality public realm with a network of links and proposals for a new community-focused sporting and recreational hub with enhanced opportunities for recreational activities.
Exciting features of the plan include a proposed new raised pedestrian walkway, cycleway and public realm space: The Limerick Link. This proposed elevated walkway provides an opportunity to safely connect schools to new recreational areas south of the station while also connecting the various neighbourhoods together in a sustainable pedestrian/cycle friendly way. The The Limerick Link has the potential to be a landmark feature, connecting the Colbert area, to the wider city and beyond.
Darragh O’Brien TD, Minister for Housing, Local Government and Heritage.
“I am delighted that just weeks after the launch of the most significant housing strategy in the history of the State, that we see immediate progress from one of the key actors in that Plan – the Land Development Agency. The Housing for All Plan outlines plans for the activation of underused public lands to deliver much needed homes. The Land Development Agency will not just develop land banks and build homes, it will also create sustainable communities and drive transformational change. Today’s announcement is a perfect example of the kind of partnership which lies at the heart of the LDA approach. I would like to congratulate Limerick City and County Council and the HSE and CIE for their effort and dedication to this approach.”
John Coleman, CEO of the Land Development Agency
“The LDA’s objective is to ensure the delivery of housing and supporting development on underused state land. While many of our projects are based on significant but single scheme infill sites, the LDA’s other main objective is to create partnerships to unlock larger, strategic areas, which can truly transform a city. Colbert Station Quarter has the potential to deliver up to 2,800 homes in the heart of Limerick to create an attractive and sustainable focal point for future development. This is a key part of the vision for the LDA outlined in the recently published Housing for All strategy, which highlights major additional lands to be driven forward by the LDA, including those at Colbert.
"We would like to thank our partners in Limerick City and County Council, CIE and HSE who have engaged and supported the process of exploring the potential for the Colbert Station Quarter from the outset and with whom we look forward to continuing to engage with as we move towards the delivery of the vision outlined in the Draft Spatial Framework.”
Pat Daly, Chief Executive of Limerick City and County Council
“The publication of this Draft Framework is a key step in creating a new and exciting development in the heart of Limerick City. This development will not only provide much needed sustainable housing, it can also serve as a magnet for economic development in our city. Locating homes and commercial opportunities in the heart of the city will also support a more sustainable city, reducing reliance on private transport.”
The eight new districts to be created and integrated with the existing community are - provisionally named, Station District, Sexton District, Roxboro District, Ballysimon District, Carey’s District, Calidonian District, Kennedy District and Janesboro District - each have their own distinct character. The Draft Spatial Framework builds on the existing strengths and characteristics of each area and helps to emphasise them while also delivering new uses and opportunities.
The Draft Spatial Framework is published today and will be open for consultation between now and 11th November. Members of the public can access the information on a dedicated website www.colbertquarter.ie or via a link from the Land Development Agency website, www.lda.ie. A copy of the document will also be available in Limerick City and County Council offices at Merchants Quay, Limerick and Dooradoyle. The LDA is seeking the views of local stakeholders on the vision for the area. This phase of consultation will run from 16th September to 11th November.
Following this, comments and submissions will be collated and considered and will help to inform the finalisation of the Spatial Framework which will then be published. The Framework will be used as a basis to inform more detailed proposals and planning applications, particularly related to state lands which are being transferred to the LDA. The aim is to catalyse and unlock the potential and progress delivery of a new sustainable and mixed-use vibrant quarter for this strategically significant gateway to Limerick.
For additional information on the LDA in relation to the Government’s Housing for All strategy, please see our statement here.