Setback for 250 bed Westside student accommodation plans

Galway daily news Knocknacarra social housing

Plans for a large student accommodation development in the Westside area of Galway City have been set back.

Westside Shopping Centre Limited is seeking approval for a student accommodation development with 250 bed spaces.

The development was put to An Bord Pleanála last August under the Strategic Housing Development consultation process.

During the consultation, the board and city council will consult the initial plans to determine if they are sufficient for a full SHD application to be made.

The development would be located at: A site at Westside Shopping Centre, 2 Seamus Quirke Road.

In a decision on December 6, the board ruled that the plans require further consideration/amendment, and that a full planning application could not yet be made.

The Strategic Housing Development process, which allowed housing and student accommodation development above a certain size to be made directly to An Bord Pleanála, was ended late last year.