Plans are in the works to convert vacant warehouses in Oranmore into a leisure centre with a range of activities like virtual reality and glow in the dark golf.
Orrantree Leisure Ltd limited are seeking planning permission from the county council to change the use of warehouse units at Oranmore Business Park to a new leisure centre.
The units in question have been vacant for more than five years, and this redevelopment has an estimated
A planning statement submitted with the application said that “it is envisaged that the ground floor will offer a ‘Virtual Reaility’ leisure use offering”.
“While the first floor will offer UV/glow in the dark golf as well as well as a small indoor astroturf kick about area”.
The units will all be operated as a single leisure centre and “the proposed facility will primarily cater for birthday parties, school tours, hens & stags”.
“The proposed leisure use will enable patrons to enjoy recreation within this highly accessible urban location,” the application states, adding that it will “complement other forms of commercial leisure uses within the Business Park” such as ‘Busy Bees’ activity centre.
It is intended that this business will operate from 10am – 9pm Monday to Saturday, and from 11am – 6pm on Sundays and Bank Holidays.
The application also states that by changing the use from warehouse to Leisure, the parking requirements unde rthe County Development Plan for the existing 2,541sqm floor space would fall from 141 spaces to just 51.
There is extensive surface car parking to the front of the warehouse and offices units in the Business Park which is shared by all the units.
A letter of consent from the owner of the units in this application states that “There is a high turnover level of parking within this area, with spare capacity available throughout the week and on [weekends]”.
A decision on this planning application is due from Galway County Council by October 14.