New city estate of 64 homes granted planning permission

Galway Daily news Planning appeal against rejection of Athenry residential development

Planning permission has been granted for a new estate in Letteragh consisting of 64 homes.

Centento Ltd are planning to build a residential estate made up of 25 one, two, and three bedroom houses and 39 apartment homes in four separate three storey blocks.

The site for this estate is an undeveloped greenfield location between the existing housing estates of Cnoc An Óir, Sliobh Rioga, and Breacan.

The Design Statement for this project said that it aims to “integrate with the emerging character of the area, whilst introducing an urban grain which will respect the public realm and enhance the amenities of the area”.

The new housing development will be accessed off the east side of the Letteragh road via a stop control junction to be installed near the entrance to Cnoc An Óir.

A section of the Letteragh road will be widened as part of this project, which will include the addition of a 2m wide cycle lane.

A Road Safety Audit was carried out for this development, which recommended installing new signage indication the upcoming junction for southbound traffic and adding more public lighting along the road.

Parking in this development will be provided via 90 street car parking spaces.

The higher density apartment blocks will be positioned towards the front of the development facing out onto the Letteragh road, with the bulk of the site given over to houses.

“This permits us to provide a large amount of public, private, and semi-private open space, while also reaching reasonable density standards,” according to the Architectural design.

A number of submissions were made to the city council concerning this development, with multiple local residents concerned about the increase in traffic this will bring to the Letteragh road.

It was also said that the scale of the three storey duplex blocks are out of character with the Letteragh road.

Galway city council ultimately granted planning permission with 28 conditions attached.