Plans refused for older people’s housing development

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Galway Daily news Developer appeals rejection of older people's housing development

Planning permission has been refused for a housing development for older people in Gort.

Galway County Council has rejected plans by Mount Fuji Ltd to build 62 houses and apartments at Lavally, Gort off the Station Road.

The residential development, which was meant specifically for older people, would comprise 52 apartments and 10 houses, along with a tea room.

The estate plans included 34 car parking spaces, as well as 59 bicycle spaces.

Other works in the plans includes landscaping, and enhancements to the Station Road, including a new footpath.

The Gort River Walk pathway along the western edge of the western edge of the site was be retained and enhanced.

The county council gave seven reasons for refusing permission, noting that the almost entirely residential use was not suitable for lands zoned C1 Town Centre.

Concerns were also expressed about potential traffic hazard and risk of flooding, which could affect protected conservation areas, and whether the sewerage system could support the new development.

The council also said that the design of the estate was substandard and lacks “satisfactory animation” at street level.

This would “seriously injure the amenities, or depreciate the value of property in the vicinity, and therefore would be contrary to the proper planning and sustainable development of the area.”