New suburb of Galway to accommodate 2,700 homes

An artist's impression of Ardaun Urban Village Centre.
An artist's impression of Ardaun Urban Village Centre.

A Draft Local Area Plan has revealed plans to create an ‘urban village’ in Ardaun – setting out goals that will see the construction of up to 2,700 homes – as well as commercial units – on the city’s eastern periphery.

Last week, Galway City Council released a ‘mini City Development Plan’ for Ardaun outlining how around 405 acres in Ardaun could accommodate a significant proportion of the anticipated expansion of the city and its population.

The plan sets out two phases for the development with the first set to deliver Ardaun South – 1,098 housing units supporting an estimated population of 2,987.

As recently as June this year, Chief Executive of Galway City Council, Brendan McGrath, said that he believed work on this first phase could begin in 2019.

Ardaun has been designated by Central Government as a Major Urban Housing Delivery Site (MUHDS) – identified as an important contributor to government housing policy under Rebuilding Ireland – an action plan for housing and homelessness.

The initial, medium-term housing yield of the Arduan Local Area Plan is 500 units – this to be delivered under MUHDS.

New legislation for fast tracking the planning process under the Rebuilding Ireland Initiative means that plans can go directly to An Bord Pleanála – something that Mr McGrath has previously said would be the likely route taken.

A minimum of 10 per cent of all houses built in Ardaun will be Local Authority Housing – with private development adhering to the Local Area Plan.
For more on the plan for the proposed town of Ardaun, see this week’s Galway City Tribune. Buy a digital edition of this week’s paper here, or download the app for Android or iPhone.