Plans for 105 apartments in Oranmore hit setback

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Galway Daily news City Council seeking planning permission for 71 social houses

Plans for the construction of 105 apartments have hit a setback, as An Bord Pleanála has sent them back for further amendment.

Torca Construction Limited had submitted a consultation for a Strategic Housing Development application on land at Carrowmoneash, Oranmore.

The proposed housing development would consist of 105 apartments, a creche, and associated site works.

The Strategic Housing Development planning process was created with the goal of fast tracking large scale housing projects, by enabling the application to go directly to An Bord Pleanála.

Before that full application can be made, the developer must first undertake a Consultation with the board and relevant planning authority, Galway County Council in this case.

During this process the developer submits their initial plans for the consideration and feedback of both, and it is decided whether they are suitable for a full SHD application to be made.

Torca previously had plans for a 74 unit housing estate at Carrowmoneash rejected by the county council after it attracted heavy local opposition.

This previous proposal, which would have been a mix of 36 house and 38 apartments, was refused planning permission due to concerns about increased traffic levels, the scale of the development, and potential for flood risk.