332 apartment development plan rejected in Knocknacarra

By Keith Faherty

An Bord Pleanála has rejected the planning of 332 flats in Knocknacarra.

Glenveagh Living sent an application last November to An Bord Pleanála for erecting flats in the area of Gort na Bró in Knocknacarra.

Planning disapproved:

The developer planned the construction of 93 one-bed apartments, 219 two-bed apartments and 20 three-bed apartments, along with a crèche next to Gateway Retail Park.

There was a considerable degree of objection to the project from the locality itself, with a petition against the development garnering as many as 700 signatures.

The planning was disapproved because it was considered to be out of place, against the suburbian backdrop of Knocknacarra.

It was also believed that the development project would have a negative impact on traffic and public transport.

Dissatisfaction of Galway City Council with the project:

Elected members of the Galway City Council were left unsatisfied with the childcare facilities, parking and the amount of space the planning project had to offer.

The development plan for the crèche was also considered to not have adhered to the guidelines and lacked the necessary childcare provisions.

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