Cycling and walking route to combat the Knocknacarra hotspot – Connacht Tribune – Galway City Tribune:

Rosshill residents must consider High Court judicial review after An Bord Pleanála granted permission to develop 102 homes on the former Par 3 golf course.

Planners gave Alber Developments the green light to proceed with the first phase of what was previously a 342 unit development which was denied by the board after being labeled a ‘substandard’ form of development On the site.

With 33 planning conditions attached, the Strategic Housing Development (SHD) application submitted for Rosshill Manor in July was accepted despite opposition from Galway City Council.

SHD legislation is used to expedite proposals for over 100 residential units by submitting applications directly to An Bord Pleanála after consultation with local authority planners.

The first phase of the development consists of 11 one-bed apartments; 24 two-bed apartments; 11 four-bed houses; and 56 three-bed houses.

Also included is a daycare and parking (14 spaces), as well as retail and commercial space.

Each housing unit is to be provided with two parking spaces, for a total of 130, as well as 134 bicycle parking spaces.

For each apartment there would be one parking space, with one visitor parking space for four apartments, for a total of 43 spaces. One bicycle space per apartment room, with a visitor space for two apartments, amounts to 77 in total.

The planning application commits to improving access to and junctions at Rosshill Road and Rosshill Stud Farm Road, with the provision of a pedestrian connectivity link along both roads.

In a submission to An Bord Pleanála, Galway City Council chief executive Brendan McGrath recommended a denial of permission, saying it would “be overdevelopment” of the site and “be significantly different from the development model established in the region. ”.

Mr McGrath said the development would be “premature” because of the “existing deficit in pedestrian, cycling and public transport infrastructure on the road network serving the region” and would lead to “traffic congestion in the region”.

Transport Infrastructure Ireland (TII) also opposed the proposal and said that an authorization would set a precedent that “would adversely affect the functioning and safety of the national road network”.

The conditions attached to the granting of the permit include a stipulation that the developer must, before starting work, enter into an agreement with the Galway City Council on the requirements for social and affordable housing under the program. – with up to 20% required under the modified schedule. and the law on development.

There is also a stipulation that “cuckoo funds” – commercial investors who buy properties for rent – will be limited and all homes must be occupied by individual buyers.

Conditions require that development be carried out in stages and that “no dwelling be occupied” until the Rosshill Road junction is realigned and a pedestrian link is completed.

No more than 50% of the units can be occupied before the daycare is completed “unless the developer can demonstrate to the written satisfaction” of city council that a daycare is not required.

The board of directors requested that the roof garden included in the request be moved to an area envisaged for parking spaces, resulting in the loss of 14 spaces – and that 10% of all communal parking spaces must be equipped charging points for electric vehicles. .

No additional arrangements are permitted above the level of the roof parapet, including elevator motors, air conditioning systems, storage tanks or telecommunications equipment.

A spokesperson for the Rosshill Residents’ Association confirmed to the Galway City Tribune that residents are considering their options.

“We’re going to have a meeting on Sunday night to review it. Our only option now is judicial review, which is an expensive option, but we will discuss it, ”the spokesperson said.

The local belief was that this development was simply a way to get the previously rejected proposal for 342 units “through the back door”.

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