Limerick IT gets planning permission

PLANNERS have cleared the way for the Limerick Institute of Technology to open a new engineering campus.

In a move which will see 100 permanent jobs and 134 construction jobs, the Moylish-based college is to open a new engineering-focussed campus beside Tesco at Coonagh Cross.

Plan impression of LIT campus

Plan impression of LIT campus

Limerick City and County Council had already given the €14m proposals the green light.

But following an appeal by An Taisce, this Wednesday, An Bord Pleanala waved the proposals through.

In effect, the decision has given the green light for an entirely new kind of state-of-the-art higher education campus in Limerick, and unlocks a €14 million Phase One capital investment.  The development will lead to 134 construction jobs and 100 full time jobs when fully completed.

The first students are expected to be on campus at the start of the 2018/19 academic year, with 800 staff and students on the LIT Coonagh campus by the end of the 2019/2020 academic year.

Commenting on the decision, LIT President, Professor Vincent Cunnane said, “We are delighted to be able to proceed with the development of the new campus now.  This is a critical piece of infrastructure, not just for LIT, but for Limerick and the region.

“This decision is a win for everyone, and underlines our commitment to the coherent development of Limerick city and the region through our 2030 Campus masterplan.

Courtesy Limerick Leader.

 

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