Plans to convert vacant Athenry building to offices approved

Galway Daily news Plans to convert vacant Athenry building to offices approved

Galway County Council has granted planning permission for a vacant building at Athenry Shopping Centre to be converted into offices.

Plans were submitted by Pat Joyce for a change of use of the building at the north-eastern end of the Shopping Centre complex, from pub and restaurant, to office use.

Internal works will involve putting up partition walls to create offices and meeting rooms, along with the installation of new windows and a rolling shutter door on the outside.

The subject site has 20 car parking spaces directly attached to it, fewer than the 36 required, but was deemed acceptable because of access to 113 shared spaces in the larger shopping centre complex.

This is not the first time that the council has approved plans for the change of use of this vacant building since the complex was first approved in 2003.

Three separate applications to change the building to office, retail, medical centre, or a mix thereof, have been given the green light since 2006. The latest prior to these plans was also by Pat Joyce in 2015.

Galway County Council granted planning permission for this latest application eight standard conditions attached.