Planning refused for Gort housing estate

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

Planning permission has been refused for a housing estate to the south end of Gort town.

Approval was sought by RHOC Gort Ltd for an estate consisting of twelve semi-detached houses, 10 four-bed and 2 one-bed, along with a two storey block of eight apartments.

The estate was to be built on an empty greenfield site at Rindifin, Gort on the Ennis Road.

Other works involved in the project would have included creating an access road to the site, and alterations to the Ennis Road to accommodate it, along with the provision of a playground, private and public open space, and other landscaping works.

The housing estate was to have been served by 36 car parking spaces, along with eighteen bicycle stands with space for 36 bikes.

The county council refused planning permission on multiple grounds, first noting that the site is designated as Phase 2 residential land, when most of the Phase 1 lands in the area remain undeveloped.

Issue was also taken with an the proposed access road, which would be on land zoned for industrial use, and proposals in the road safety audit, concerning areas outside of the developer’s control.

The proposed design and layout of the estate was also deemed insufficient, due to overlooking concerns, a lack of communal open space, and a “roads dominated” layout.