Residential development of 80 homes in Newcastle approved

Galway Daily news Plans for 80 homes in Newcastle approved

Plans for a residential development of 80 homes in Newcastle spread across two estates has been given the go ahead.

McHugh Property Holdings applied for planing permission for 68 homes in two separate scheme across Gaelcarrig Park and Carn Ard in Galway city but later increased that to 80 units.

The development will consist of 14 semi-detached and terraced houses, and 66 apartments.

The plans are for the homes to be split across two estates off the Letteragh road on a site that is currently vacant.

The bulk of the housing, 60 units, will be in Gaelcarrig Park, while the remainder will go into Carn Ard estate.

The plans had to be redesigned after the council said there were issues with the parking and amenity spaces in the application.

The number of parking spaces included in the design was also increased at the request of the council to 85 spaces.

A number of objections were made by local residents concerned about the increased traffic the development would bring to the area and potential damage from the excavation work.

One letter of objection signed by 28 people from Gaelcarrig Park was concerned about the high allocation of social housing included in the plans going into what is described as a “mature estate” with a largely older population.

It is feared by residents that there could be an increase in anti-social behaviour which has been eliminated from the area.

Also of concern was the height of the proposed three storey blocks, which it was feared will overshadow neighbouring houses.

Galway city council granted planning permission with a total of 24 conditions attached.

Before work begins the developer is required to make a contribution of €779,729 to the city council towards the cost of providing public services to this development.

An additional security deposit of €539,500 must be lodged with the council until the roads, footpaths, water infrastructure, open areas and other services have been completed and take in charge by a private management company.