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70 new apartments planned for west of the city

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Galway Bay fm newsroom – 70 new apartments could be built in the west of the city in the coming month.
The city council has given approval for one development, while another two applications are currently under consideration.
Approval’s been given for a new residential development at Taylors Hill.
Declan Taite and Anne O’ Dwyer as Joint Receivers over certain assets of The Model Investment Partnership, had sought planning permission for the development at Taylor’s Hill Court.
It will comprise a block of 8 duplex apartments and maisonettes with revised parking.
City planners have given the green light with 15 conditions attached including a stipulation that the developer must pay a development contribution of over 58 thousand euro.
Meanwhile, there are plans for another 47 apartments at Clybaun Road.
Oak Ventures Ltd has applied for planning permission for the development at Mincloon.
The project would involve the construction of two to four storey blocks containing 47 apartments, as well as bin stores, substations, landscaping and a new entrance road.
A decision is due from city planners in July.
The planning team is also considering an application to demolish two derelict houses on the Cappagh Road to make space for new apartments.
Joint receivers Declan Taite and Anne O’ Dwyer – who’ve already secured permission for the Taylor’s Hill project – have also applied for permission to demolish two homes at Lenabower, and build 2 new duplex blocks.
The first will consist of 4 two-bed units and 4 one-bed apartments, while the second will have 2 two-bed units and 3 one-bed apartments.
City planners are due to make a decision on the Cappagh Road project in the coming weeks in June.

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Three people died on Galway roads in first six months of 2021

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Galway Bay fm newsroom – 3 people have died on Galway roads in the first six months of this year.

That’s according to figures from the Road Safety Authority, which show that nationally, 65 people have died on Irish roads between January and July 15th.

Dublin had the highest number of fatalities at 11, followed by Limerick, Tipperary, Kerry and Louth which each had 5.

The research found that rural roads, with speed limits of 80km per hour or higher, are the most likely places for a fatal collision to occur.

RSA CEO Sam Waide says counties Leitrim, Clare, Offaly, Laois and Carlow had no fatalities during this time.

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Public appeal over low uptake of vaccines at Ballybrit among younger age groups

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Galway Bay fm newsroom – There’s a significantly reduced uptake in Covid-19 vaccinations at Ballybrit among the 18 to 30 year old age group.

That’s according to Saolta Chief Director of Nursing Paul Hooton, who says the drop-off is very significant when compared to older age coherts, most of which have an over 90 percent uptake.

But he says among 18 to 30 year olds, who are now being vaccinated, registration rates are only around 65 percent.

Overall, over 140 thousand people have been vaccinated at the Ballybrit center so far, with 2,500 people receiving a dose per day at peak operation.

Paul Hooton is urging younger people to get registered and get vaccinated.

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Plan for major high rise student accommodation on Headford road approved by An Bord Pleanála

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Galway Bay fm newsroom – A plan for a major high rise student accommodation development on the Headford road has been approved by An Bord Pleanála.

The proposed eight storey development adjacent to Galway Retail Park was approved by city planners in February and was later appealed by An Taisce.

The plan sets out to see the creation of 254 student beds, four retail units and a gym.

The application is led by Cleverson Ltd and includes a mix of one and two bed studio apartments along with four, five, six and seven bed units across six floors.

The plans would also see the demolition of an existing ESB unit enclosure and the creation of a 2,385 square metre development.

City planners approved the proposal in February with 28 conditions attached.

An Taisce then appealed the decision to An Bord Pleanála.

Among the concerns listed in the grounds of appeal is an argument that the application decision was premature and failed to acknowledge directions voted for in the 2011-2017 Development Plan which called for the preparation of a local area plan incorporating lands in this area.

It’s also argued that the current City Development Plan also calls for a density and building heights study, through variation number 5.

The board has now backed the city council decision to approve the development and has attached 28 revised conditions.

One states the development is only to be used as student accommodation but can be used as visitor accommodation outside of the academic terms.

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