Plans for a new cinema in Ballinasloe move forward

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Plans for a new cinema in Ballinasloe are progressing after the county council requested more information from the developer on its local impacts.

Plans for the cinema at were first submitted by Omniplex Holdings last October to build a five screen cinema in Dunlo, Ballinasloe on an empty site next Aldi.

The application is for a five screen, single-storey omniplex approximately 7.9m high with associated car parking.

The gross floor space of the project would be 1123m².

The owners of the land, Limehill Esker Limited, have an agreement with Omniplex Holdings allowing them to seek planning permission.

A decision was initially due to be delivered in December, but the county council requested more information from the developer about any potential traffic and archaeological impacts from the project.

The council also asked Omniplex Holdings to submit a full site masterplan due to the scale of the project and a nearby residential development in its planning stage, as well as a statement of acceptance from Irish water that this cinema could be connected to the water mains and sewer network.

That further information was submitted to the council by the developer on May 1.

A Natura Impact Statement was submitted which said there was no possibility of this project affecting any designated conservation sites.

An Archaeological Assessment declared that “No recorded monuments are located within the proposed development site” and that a walk over survey found no evidence of “the presence of sub-surface archaeology”.

Galway County Council is due to make a decision on whether to grant planning permission for this cinema by June 25.