Plans for 170 houses and apartments on city outskirts

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Galway Daily news Plans, currently in their very early stages, for a major residential development of 167 houses and apartments in Ballinasloe have hit a delay.

Plans are in the works for the construction of 170 houses and apartments in Castlegar.

Lock House Developments Limited is seeking to progress a Strategic Housing Development Application with An Bord Pleanála.

The project would involve building 84 houses and 86 apartments, along with a creche, at Bóthar na Chóiste, Castlegar.

The project is currently at the pre-planning application consultation stage, where the Board and relevant local authority, Galway City Council, will review whether the documentation submitted consists of a reasonable basis for an SHD application, or requires further amendment.

This is one of a significant number of SHD projects which have been put to An Bord Pleanála in the final week of the SHD legislation, which has now been replaced.

Under the Strategic Housing Development legislation, created in 2016, developers were able to bypass the local authority for housing projects above a certain size.

While it was meant to fast track housing construction, mostly it just resulted in a massive uptick in judicial reviews being sought, bogging developments down far longer.

An Bord Pleanála is due to decide by February 23 whether to allow this housing development to proceed to a planning application.