Appeal lodged against Knocknacarra residential development

Galway Daily news A fresh planning application has been made for the construction of 148 homes on the east side of Galway City.

The city council’s decision to grant planning approval for 55 houses and apartments on the north side of Galway City has been appealed to An Bord Pleanála.

O’Malley Construction received planning permission in May for a residential development located to the east of the Ballymoneen Road, which would have the N6 Galway City Bypass to its south.

The housing would comprise 25 houses in a mix of three bedroom, and mostly four bedroom homes, while the apartments will be located in two three-storey blocks at either end of the site.

One vacant two-storey house on the site is to be demolished to make way for the new estate.

The original plans were for 58 units, but the council ordered three houses omitted from the design as a condition of planning permission, to improve the residential amenity of the other homes.

The council’s decision has now been appealed by the Galway Cycling Campaign, which argues that the land is improperly zoned, and that there are a lack of active travel options for the development.

The primary concern raised in the appeal is that it is inappropriate to have lands zoned residential north of the proposed Ring Road, as the development would not be suitable cut off from areas to the south.

It would also be premature to allow development north of the Ring Road location until all residential zoned lands to the south have been utilised, the appeal states.

It also argues that the location and design of the residential development is not suitable for pedestrian, bicycle, or other active travel methods.

A decision on this appeal appeal is due from An Bord Pleanála by October 12 of this year.