Approval granted for six blocks of apartments in Doughiska

Galway Daily news Planning appeal over 91 houses & apartments in Athenry

Planing approval has been granted for a residential development in Douhgiska consisting of 51 apartments.

JHL Property Holding Company sought permission to build six blocks of apartments from one to four storeys tall on a site that straddles Doughiska and Merlin Park on the Old Dublin and Coast roads.

The development will consist of a mix of one, two and three bed apartments and 2 one bedroom townhouses.

The layout of the site has been designed so the larger blocks are located on the boundary with the road while the smaller ones are at the north end facing residential sites.

The majority of three bed apartments included in the plans will be located on the ground floor of the larger blocks, with rear gardens.

“This is both congenial to family living and leaves potential for these units to be extended in the future if there ever might be a requirement.”

A number of recreational facilities were proposed in the designs including a multi-use games area, a playground, and a walkway.

A new entrance way will be created giving access to and from the site from the Coast road.

50 car parking spaces and 35 bike spaces are included in the plan, and while the council said this would not normally be sufficient for a project of this scale, it noted that the development offers direct access to high frequency bus services.

The proposed site is also adjacent to the Dublin Bus Corridor, and the developer says that residents will have easy access to the 404 and 409 routes

Permission had previously been refused for two residential developments in this area due to the potential impacts on the trees and Greenway route.

But in this instance Galway city council granted planning permission to JHL with 41 conditions attached.

Before work begins the developer must make a contribution of €494,167 to the city council to help provide the public utilities for the site.

The council also ordered a revision of the plans to incorporate a cycle lane on the footpath connecting to the Old Dublin Road.

The route of the Greenway passing through this site will also be reserved for the council, and the developer must submit a tree conservation plan for approval with a monetary bond to ensure the trees on site are not harmed.