An Bord Pleanala

  • An Bord Plenala has given the go-ahead for a €100 million development at Galway Docks.

    Local developer Gerry Barrett can proceed with plans for a substantial office development, which will include four top-end office blocks as well as retail space and accomodation for 350 students on Queen Street, overlooking Galway Docks.

    Work on the development is expected to begin next February, and will create about 400 construction jobs.

    It's expected the office development will be of interest to foreign firms moving to Ireland because of its proximity to the shopping and entertainment areas of Galway city, as well as the availability of houses and apartments.





  • An Bord Pleanala has given the green light to the road development of the N5 between N5 Ballaghaderreen and Scramogue.

    Senator Frank Feighan has warmly welcomed the decision to grant the planning permission, who says the project involves constructing almost 35 kilometres of new carriageway along with the realignment of nearly 15 kilometres of existing roads.

    Senator Feighan says that this is a dangerous stretch of road, which is extremely busy, so this work will be welcomed to the many people who use it.

    Meanwhile Mayo County Council has welcomed today’s decision by An Bord Pleanala to approve the road development of the N5 between Ballaghaderreen and Scramoge, Co. Roscommon.

    Chief Executive of Mayo County Council, Peter Hynes, said it is important for Co. Mayo and the West of Ireland and said “It is vitally important to improve the road network connecting the east of the country with the west and the improvements planned for the N5 is a critical piece of infrastructure.“It is critical for the ongoing economic, social and tourism development of Mayo that a high quality road network links us to the wider western region and to the rest of the national route network which serves the entire country.I would like to thank all citizens who made a submission to An Bord Pleanala in support of the upgrade works.”

    The Cathaoirleach of Mayo County Council, Cllr Blackie Gavin, also welcomed the news as vital for the county saying It is important to keep Mayo connected with the rest of the country and the proposed N5 upgrades will do just that. It will also make the travel to and from the eastern part of the country smoother and easier.”

  • An Bord Pleanala has sought further information from Mayo County Council in relation to the proposed construction of a new bridge at Glenisland, on the main Castlebar to Belmullet road.

    Funding of 500,000 euro was granted in 2015 for the construction of a new bridge at Mucknagh/Kilgarriff in Glenisland and realignment works. However An Bord Pleanala has sought additional information on a number of occasions, with the latest request arriving on January 18th.

    Erris based Fine Gael Cllr Gerry Coyle says if the situation wasn’t so serious it would be amusing.

    He says he cannot understand why the planning authority cannot see the urgency in completing this project, given the safety concerns on that road.

  • An Bord Pleanala has granted permission for realignment works at Glenisland on the R312 road linking Castlebar and Belmullet.

    Following a lengthy planning process, the go-ahead has now been given for a realignment of a section of the road to replace the existing route, and a new bridge at Glenisland.

    Welcoming the decision today, Mayo County Council said the realignment project will be a priority in the coming months.

    CEO of Mayo County Council Peter Hynes says enhancing road safety and connectivity is a priority for the council, and these improvement works on the R312 will enhance the quality of our road network.

    Belmullet-based FG Councillor Gerry Coyle has also welcomed the decision, but questioned why it has taken over four years to get planning,  since funding was announced for this project in 2015.....

  • Galway City misses out on a small cruise ship due to weather conditions yesterday morning.

    The Silver Wind cruise ship, a small vessel with a passenger capacity of upwards on 300 passengers, was unable to dock in Galway Bay in the early hours of Friday.

    According to the Port of Galway’s twitter feed, the vessel took shelter in the Lee of Black Head, unable to tender due to weather conditions and is now en route to Greenock, Scotland.

    Galway port is currently awaiting planning permission from An Bord Pleanala for a huge redevelopment of the ancient port.

    The main objective of the expansion is to allow access to more and larger ships that are currently blocked by the shallow depth and other constraints.

  • An Bord Pleanála has granted planning permission for a large wind farm in Co Galway.

    A number of strong objections were lodged against it.

    Arderroo Wind Farm asked the planning appeals board for planning permission for 25 wind turbines in rural Connemara - in the townlands of Arderroo, Letter and Finaun.

    Several residents objected.

    Their concerns included fears about the impact it would have on birds and bats, along with the noise and visual impacts.

    Galway County Council said the development was acceptable, and An Bord Pleanala granted permission, subject to 25 conditions.

    It said the most significant adverse affects of the wind farm could be mitigated against.

    Several other wind farms are located in the area.

  • An Bord Pleanála has overturned planning permission for a new hospice building in Galway.

    The decision follows objections to the development on environmental grounds.

    Galway Hospice had planned to construct a 36-bed facility on land adjacent to Merlin Park, and was granted planning permission by Galway City Council last August.

    The decision was subsequently appealed, and An Bord Pleanala has now overturned the planning permission, which could mean a lengthy delay in the provision of a new hospice facility in the city.

  • There are plans for a multi-million-euro housing development in Galway.

    The proposals involve 335 apartments in Knocknacarra District Centre in Rahoon.

    They've been lodged with An Bord Pleanála, under the new fast-track mechanism for large developments.

  • Plans for almost 1,100 new homes in three counties have been lodged with An Bord Pleanála.

    They include student accommodation for 405 in the Headford Road in Galway, and 288 apartments in nearby Mervue.

    There are also plans for 98 houses in Bettystown, Co Meath, and 270 apartments in Drogheda, Co Louth.

    Mayor of Galway Mike Cubbard says there's a big shortage of housing in his county.

  • There are plans for student accommodation for hundreds of people in Galway.

    Montane Developments Limited has lodged a planning application with An Bord Pleanála.

    The development would comprise 272 student bedspaces in Coolough Road, Terryland.

    The planning board is due to make a decision on the application by the end of July.