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Colbert Quarter Framework – The Land Development Agency is asking Limerick people to have their say on a draft of development plans for Limerick’s new Colbert Station Quarter. Pictured at Colbert Station are John Coleman, CEO of the Land Development Agency, left, and Darragh O’Brien TD, Minister for Housing, Local Government and Heritage. Picture: Diarmuid Greene

Have your say in the development of Colbert Station Quarter

By I Love Limerick correspondent Rachel Petticrew

colbert quarter framework The Colbert Quarter development presents an opportunity to rejuvenate under-utilised lands and unlock the potential of these areas of Limerick, allowing them to develop as a well connected, sustainable and mixed-use city quarter.

The Colbert Quarter development presents an opportunity to rejuvenate under-utilised lands and unlock the potential of these areas of Limerick, allowing them to develop as a well connected, sustainable and mixed-use city quarter.


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The Land Development Agency is asking Limerick people to have their say on a draft of development plans for Limerick’s new Colbert Station Quarter. Comprising eight districts, the major urban development will offer commercial and public spaces, sustainable transport options and some 2,800 homes.

The area, made up almost entirely of state-owned, brownfield land, will become an exciting mix of homes, landmark buildings, unique pedestrian and cycling infrastructure, employment space and new parks and play areas. There will also be facilities for health, education and other key services.

The Colbert Quarter development presents an opportunity to rejuvenate under-utilised lands and unlock the potential of these areas of Limerick, allowing them to develop as a new, vibrant, well connected, sustainable and mixed-use city quarter into the future. Each district will have its own character and purpose.

The Colbert Quarter’s Draft Spatial Framework plan has been developed by the Land Development Agency alongside Limerick City and County Council, CIE and the HSE. It represents a blueprint for the transformation of the Colbert Station area of Limerick City over the next twenty years. This will guide the development of the area and enable it to evolve over time. The framework, once finalised, is expected to be periodically reviewed and a more detailed implementation plan will be developed in due course.

The Colbert Quarter website is now live and provides all available information on the project. A community liaison channel is accessible on the ‘Have Your Say’ section of the website. The Land Development Agency wants to hear the views of the public on the Draft Spatial Framework; its vision, themes, guiding principles and the approach proposed for each of the new districts. Members of the public can fill out a survey or submit a comment on the website.

The Draft Spatial Framework documents are available on the Colbert Quarter website, with copies also available at the Limerick Council offices to view. The documents include an Introductory Brochure, an Executive Summary of the Draft Spatial Framework as well as the full Draft Spatial Framework, with supporting Technical Appendices and environmental assessments.

The Land Development Agency will be holding seminars and meetings with groups and key stakeholders during the consultation stage, with further details and updates provided on the website and in the media.

After the consultation period has closed on November 11, 2021, submissions will be considered and refinements made before finalising and publishing the final Spatial Framework.

The Land Development Agency was created in September 2018 to open up state-owned land for development. The Government has committed to capitalising it with €1.25 billion. The agency has a national focus, and is currently active on sites that will deliver around 6,000 homes. 

About the proposed Districts within Colbert Quarter Plans

Station District: Develop as a pivotal destination with landmark offices, commercial buildings, civic uses and hotel close to the Colbert Station sustainable travel hub with opportunities for investment and job creation as well as incorporating a new Limerick Link – a raised cycle and pedestrian route leading to the HSE lands to the east and to the southern districts, providing safe and secure mobility options across the site connecting Colbert Station with the various districts, over and under the railway line, alongside buildings and through proposed green lungs. Buildings along the railway help to frame the gateway into Limerick.

Sexton District: The Sexton District’s character builds upon the existing education uses, including schools such as Coláiste Mhichíl – CBS Sexton Street, St. Augustine’s Special School and Scoil Iosagain, allowing for expansion and infill to suit future demands. Existing education facilities retained and enhanced, consolidation and potential for higher education, student accommodation and offices and amenities Other proposed uses could include higher education, student homes and workplaces, together with high quality public realm. 

Roxboro District: Opportunity for commercial research / office space with links to HSE facilities to the north and new healthcare facilities to the east. New intergenerational living, later living and key worker accommodation with supporting community infrastructure.

Ballysimon District: New healthcare facilities to tie into the existing uses and meet identified HSE needs. Consolidation of storage/existing facilities and potential for flexible parking solutions as the area evolves over time.

Carey’s District: New residential neighbourhood (mixed tenure and sizes) with greenways and key pedestrian cycle links and supporting local amenities at ground floor. Integrating infrastructure to enable proposed Foynes Line and enhancement of existing landscape features to tie into the SUDs systems and to provide nature trails and access to open space/biodiversity.

Caledonian District: Predominantly new residential use area with greenways and key pedestrian and cycle links- new energy centre and community uses, provision of a new Central Park offering opportunities to play/grow/relax – Education, nursery and play space.

Kennedy District: is currently an operational bus depot and subject to further study. Should the area be considered for development at a point in the future it has the potential to provide uses that complement the current use, such as light industry, leisure and community as well as other employment opportunities. 

Janesboro District:  A key focus on recreation and wellbeing with consolidated sports grounds pitches to support multiple sports uses, greenways and key pedestrian/cycle links. Potential new all-weather pitches and league pitch/stadium.

See the full Colbert Quarter Draft Spatial Framework and have your say HERE

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Colbert Quarter Framework - The Land Development Agency is asking Limerick people to have their say on a draft of development plans for Limerick's new Colbert Station Quarter.

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