An Bord Pleanála has banned investment funds from buying any of the 67 houses that make up more than half of a new subdivision in Galway City.
Planning permission was granted by Bord Alber Developments Ltd’s plans for 102 houses on land south of Old Dublin Road in Galway City.
The strategic development consists of 65 houses and 35 apartments, as well as a nursery and a point of sale, on a pristine site in Rosshill.
Condition n ° 6 of the town planning permit “restricts all authorized houses, to the first occupation by individual buyers, that is to say those who are not legal persons, and / or by persons eligible for occupancy of social or affordable housing, including rental housing at cost price ”.
The 4.7 ha site is virgin land, accessible from Rosshill Road, which is bordered by several point subdivisions, and a recently completed 16 unit subdivision to the northeast.
Part of the site was once a pitch and put golf course, but this closed in the early 2000s, and the land is now agricultural pasture.
It is proposed that a ‘linear park’ be created along the northern edge of the site, with a public green space with trees and a walking route along it, to a larger green space to the south. -west of the site.
The estate’s density, at 36 units per hectare, exceeded the rules of the Galway City Development Plan 2017-2023, but a substantial contravention of the plan was granted.
Le Bord said the granting of a substantial contravention of the development plan was justified by the government’s policy of increasing the population outside the capital.
Departmental guidelines also promote densities of 30 to 50 housing units per hectare in peri-urban areas like this one.
Alber Developments has offered to provide ten units, three apartments and seven houses to the city council for affordable or social housing, as a requirement of Part V of the planning regulations.
Le Bord received 40 public submissions for this project, raising concerns about the density of the site’s development, lack of transportation infrastructure, environmental concerns and land ownership issues.
Galway City Council has also recommended that housing development be denied building permit.
The council chief executive’s report said the proposal’s density and poorly configured communal open space were out of character for the “woodland site” and the low-density residential areas surrounding it.
The report also states that this would be premature due to the lack of infrastructure for pedestrians, cyclists and public transport in the region.
The building permit was eventually granted by An Bord Pleanála with thirty-three conditions.
Construction is to take place in stages, and none of the homes should be occupied until the realigned intersection to Rosshill Road and pedestrian connections are completed.
The developer was also ordered to remove a roof garden from the plans for one of the apartment buildings and instead place a common area where parking for 14 spaces was provided.
The mitigation measures described in the environmental impact assessment report and the Natura impact statement should be fully implemented, and a landscaping plan for the site should also be agreed with the council.
At least 10% of all municipal parking spaces must be equipped with charging stations for electric vehicles, with conduits laid for all other spaces so that charging points can be installed at a later date.
A cash deposit or an insurance deposit must also be given to the municipality for protection on and adjacent to the site, and for the replacement of those who may die.