The go-ahead has been given for demolition of the Bradley’s car showroom on the Dublin Road – to make way for a modern new Jaguar and Land Rover garage.
And the owners are planning to recycle much of the material from roof timbers, to walls, to the steel frame of the structure.
Robert Bradley had sought permission to demolish the existing “end of life” building, and to construct a replacement showroom with a mezzanine level.
The plans also involve the demolition of outbuildings to the rear of the showroom, to make way for car display areas.
According to the planning application, the former factory building was adapted for use as a car sales showroom around 40 years ago and the “footprint of the structure is now reaching the end of its life and cannot be adapted any further”.
“It is felt that the demolition of the property will provide a sustainable regeneration opportunity provided that many aspects of the current building are re-used i.e. the roof timbers can be salvaged for re-use in the new property, the concrete walls can be broken down for fill material, the windows can be re-used or recycled and various other recycling methods can be employed. The steel frame structure can be re-used elsewhere.
The Wellpark Grove Residents’ Association expressed a number of concerns about the plans, including the height of the proposed premises, which they said has the potential to seriously injure the amenity values of a number of houses by taking away natural light.
They added the new building will be closer to the back boundary wall of the houses, and there is potential for overlooking from the large windows to the rear of the building.
In response to residents’ concerns about overshadowing, the Council said the development would not give rise to any significant level of overshadowing
Granting permission for the development, the Council said: “It is considered that the design of the proposed building is acceptable and will provide a significant improvement to the visual appearance of the existing building. The lowering of the existing finished floor levels on site, to street level, combined with the removal of ramps at the front of the buildings and the provision of landscaping, will combine to significantly improve visual amenity in the area.
“The provision of a contemporary building with a simple design will provide a positive contribution to the existing streetscape along Dublin Road, a major approach to the city and, as such, it is an objective to secure a high quality visual appearance for the area.”
Gardaí bid to identify body recovered near Mutton Island
Gardai have launched an investigation following the discovery of a body in Galway Bay yesterday afternoon.
A member of the public raised the alarm after spotting the body in the water while walking on the causeway to Mutton Island.
Galway Fire Service, Gardai and the RNLI attended the scene and recovered the body at around 4pm, before it was taken to University Hospital Galway for a post mortem.
It is understood that the body may have been in the water for some time.
Gardaí are currently examining a list of missing people in the city.
Gardaí investigate fatal Carraroe crash
A man in his 30s has died following a road crash in Carraroe in the early hours of this morning.
At 3.50am, Gardaí and emergency services attended at a single car collision on a minor road.
The driver of the car, a man in his 30s, was pronounced dead at the scene a short time later. A passenger in the car, a male in his 30s, was taken by ambulance to Galway University Hospital. His injuries are not thought to be life threatening.
The road is currently closed and local diversions are in place. Garda forensic collision investigators will examine the crash site this morning.
Land Development Agency rules out Merlin ‘land grab’
From this week’s Galway City Tribune – Campaigners have warned the Land Development Agency (LDA) to keep its hands off Merlin Woods.
Local community group Friends of Merlin Woods said that the amenity on the east side of the city is not suitable for residential development.
It has sought clarification on whether the LDA has earmarked part of the recreational and amenity lands for housing, after it appeared on its online database of publicly-owned lands.
In a statement to the Galway City Tribune, the LDA said its database compiles a list of all State lands, not just land for development.
In relation to Merlin Woods, the LDA said: “Those lands aren’t included in the LDA developments in Galway. The lands database is a map-based tool which compiles all State lands and has no reflection on development potential.”
It came after Caroline Stanley of Friends of Merlin Woods raised concern that land within Merlin Woods had been earmarked for development.
“I’d be concerned that it’s marked as residential when it’s in RA (Recreational and Amenity) land. Some is marked ‘open space’ but some is marked as ‘new proposed residential’ on its [LDA’s] database. It makes us wonder why. We’d like clarity and to clear it up.
“The message we’d like to get out there is we need clarification, whether it’s a mistake on the Land Development Agency’s part, or whether it is an area that they consider as a residential area, which the community would be opposed to. We need clarity. It could be something that is in line for development later on, we don’t know, and we need clarity.”
Councillor Owen Hanley explained that the fears around Merlin Woods stem from legislation currently making its way through the Oireachtas that would strip councillors of powers to veto the transfer of land to the LDA for housing projects.
The Bill would also allow Government to direct what public lands – including those owned by local authorities – can be transferred to the LDA for development of social and affordable housing.
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