Plans to demolish former nursing home for housing shot down

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Galway Daily news An Bord Pleanála gives green light to Oughterard housing estate

Galway County Council has refused planning permission to demolish a former nursing home in Barna for a new housing development.

Plans were submitted to the county council for the demolition of the former Villa Maria nursing home at Truskey West.

In its place it was intended that 12 detached houses would be built, two of them reserved for social or affordable housing.

Planning permission was ultimately refused by the county council due to concerns about the design of the development, and road safety issues.

The council said that the scale and density of the development would be inappropriate, that the height and layout of the estate would be out of character with the area, and that the plans did not have enough public and private open space.

In terms of road safety the council said that the plans lack an appropriate connection to the existing footpath network, creating a safety risk for pedestrians.

Concerns were also raised about visibility on the access road to and from the site, as well the capacity of the site to cater for larger vehicles, and a lack of electric vehicle charging points.