Planning refused for Headford housing estate

Galway Daily news Plans submitted for Headford housing development

Galway County Council has refused planning permission for the construction of a housing estate in Headford.

Plans were submitted by Callanan & Walsh Construction Co. Ltd for 16 houses on a site at Eallagh, Headford, off the N84 and next to the existing estate going by that name.

The houses would comprise 8 three-bedroom, semi-detached, two storey units; 6 no. three-bedroom, mid-terrace, two storey units; 1 two-bedroom, single storey bungalow; and 1 four-bedroom, detached, two storey house.

Other works would involve creating a new access point onto the N84, and a central landscaped public space.

A letter of support for the project signed by ten residents of the existing Eallagh housing estate was submitted to the council.

They said that having an additional entrance onto the N84 would be of great benefit to current and future residents of the estate.

However, two objections to the development were also received by the council, from local residents with safety concerns about the road entrance.

In refusing planning permission, the county council said that the site is zoned as Residential Phase 2 under the County Development Plan, which are generally not to be considered for building in the lifetime of the 2022-2028 CDP.

The second reason given for rejecting the plans, was that it would have an adverse impact on the national road, with a new entrance onto it leading to a negative effect on road safety.

Back in 2021, Callanan & Walsh received planning approval for 49 houses on a site to the west and northwest of this location.