Planning refused for Oranmore apartments near shopping centre

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Galway Daily news Green light for Oranmore housing development by Shopping Centre

Galway County Council has refused planning permission for an apartment and duplex development near Oranmore Town Centre Shopping Centre.

The application, by Kenny Developments Contracting Limited, was to build two three storey residential buildings on a site at Millplot, Oranmore, on the Station Road.

The plans were for 4 ground floor, two-bed units; 3 ground floor, one-bed apartments; and 7 three-bed duplex units.

A derelict detached house and sheds which are currently on the site were to be demolished.

The county council gave four reasons for refusing planning permission, noting that the site is within an identified flood risk area.

The council’s decision said that, based on the information submitted, that it was not satisfied that the site, or portions of it, would not be susceptible to flooding in the future.

Concerns were also expressed about the disposal of surface water from the site, and the potential environmental impacts on protected areas from this and the risk of flooding.

The final reason given for rejecting the application was the “design and scale” of the housing development and deficient communal open space, stating that this would fail to integrate with the area, and detract from the “general amenity of the area”.