Plans submitted for 75 apartments in Briarhill

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Plans have been submitted to the city council for a housing development that would consist of 75 apartments in a single building in Briarhill.

Waveridge Ltd is seeking planning permission for the construction of a five storey apartment building on lands adjacent to Briarhill Shopping Centre.

The site is currently mostly unused, the planning application states, consisting mostly of inaccessible gravel covered ground, with some car parking which will be moved.

The housing in this development would consist of 6 studio apartments, 16 one-bed units, 47 two-bed apartments, and 6 three-bed apartments.

The project would also include four retail units at the ground floor of the building, along with the reconfiguration of the existing surface level car park.

Access to the site will  via the existing shopping centre junction onto the R339 Monivea Road.

Landscaping for the project would involve the provision of a central courtyard area with a lawn at the south end of the site.

“The proposed communal lawn located at the south end of the site is proposed as the main open space of the development. Benefitting from south-facing aspect and calm microclimate provided by the enclosure of the proposed buildings, this is an informal landscape of a unique character.”

“Conceptually that character is informal, inviting and ‘garden like’ to cater for a
safe and comfortable communal space. The lawn is enclosed by tree planting to north and

“A number of clipped hedges in raised planters divide the open space from nearby
ground floor private external spaces, but a small side gate to each private external patio is
proposed to facilitate access and encourage residents to use the proposed area to it’s full

A Flood Risk Assessment and Traffic Impact Assessment reports were prepared and submitted with this planning application.

Galway City Council is due to make a decision on this housing application by February 19, 2021.