Student accommodation plans for Letterfrack shot down

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Galway County Council has refused planning permission for an eight unit student accommodation development in Letterfrack.

Planning permission was sought for the construction of a eight student accommodation apartments in two blocks at Letterfrack townland.

“The GMIT college in Letterfrack and this offers additional accommodation during the academic year,” the planning application stated.

The application also claimed that the proposed units would be similar to others nearby, and would not have an “averse visual impact” on the area.

One objection to the project was submitted to the county council, which said that the height of structure meant that it would block light to neighbours, as well as being “visually intrusive”, overlooking rooms in neighbouring buildings.

In refusing planning permission the county council said that the scale and design of the development failed at “reinforcing the existing urban form of Letterfrack village”, and not “assimilating into the village streetscape”.

The council also said that the proposal is “lacking sufficient communal open space” as well as enough on-site parking.