High Court strikes down challenge to large Barna housing development

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Galway Daily news High Court strikes down challenge to large Barna housing development

The High Court has cleared the way for a massive housing development of 121 houses and apartments in Barna, after rejecting a challenge to planning permission.

Burkeway secured approval from An Bord Pleanála for the €35 million housing development at Truskey East, Truskey West, Freeport and Ahaglugger in Barna in February, 2021.

The breakdown of housing in the plans consists of 52 houses, 37 of which are three-bed and 15 of which are four-bed houses; 36 duplex units across five blocks; and 33 apartments in four blocks.

The estate will also include a creche with outdoor play areas, footpath connectivity along the L-1321 road, communal open spaces, and a park along Truskey Stream.

A challenge to the board’s decision was brought to the High Court by Heather Hill management company, a representative body of Cnoc Fraoigh.

However, in a decision made last week and published online, the High Court rejected the issues raised in the challenge, which related to alleged flooding risk on the site, and potential impacts on protected sites.

The High Court had previously sided with Heather Hill in July 2019, overturning approval given to Burkeway for 197 homes in the same area.