More time sought for Oranmore housing and hotel development

Galway Daily news Planning appeal over 91 houses & apartments in Athenry

An Extension of Duration to planning permission is being sought for a major development in Oranmore consisting of 161 homes, a hotel, leisure centre and more.

Roykeel Ltd is seeking an EOD from the county council for the mixed used development at Oranhill, Oranmore.

The project includes the construction of 161 residential units consisting of apartments and duplex units, along with detached and semi-detached house.

Also part of the development are a 44 bedroom hotel with bar and restaurant, a two-storey leisure centre with a swimming pool and gym, and a landscaped park.

Planning permission was originally granted in 2010, and extended in 2015, but the developer said that the “onerous financial contributions and infrastructure requirements” of the permission made it impossible to secure financing until this year.

As conditions of the original planning permission, the county council required the developer to pay half a million for the completion of public lighting, roads, footpaths, etc connected to the development.

A further contribution of €532,072 was also required for facilities which will be be provided by the county council serving this development.

Work had been planned to start on a group of 10 houses in the development in March of this year, until COVID-19 hit.

Construction began in June when lockdown restrictions lifted on the industry, and work is also expected to begin shortly on another 14 houses.

The developer has said that they expect work to be complete by the end of December 2021, and are asking for planning permission to be extended to that period.

Galway County Council is due to make a decision on this application by December 8 of this year.