Council extends permission to redevelop former Taaffes building in city

Galway Bay fm newsroom – Plans to extend permission previously granted for the development of a well known protected structure at William Street in the city centre have been given the go-ahead.
Gerry Barrett sought to change the use of the existing mixed use building, which was formerly Taaffes, to retail use only.
The development at 47 William Street includes the provision of a new shop front and the removal of the internal 1970s staircase at ground level.
It would also connect at ground floor level into the existing Edward Square fire escape corridor which exits onto Castle Street.
The previous application dates back to late 2008 and proceeded through to An Bord Pleanála stage.
However due to a lack of available finance, the development did not proceed.
The application to extend permission states that the economy is now looking more positive and it’s hoped the project may proceed in the ‘medium term’.
Permission has now been extended to November 2019.
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