Bid to block plans for Aldi store in Knocknacarra
Galway Bay fm newsroom – The representative association for independent family-owned grocery outlets is blocking plans by Aldi to open a store in Knocknacarra.
RGDATA has lodged an appeal to An Bord Pleanála objecting to planning permission for the discount foodstore and off-licence at Knocknacarra District Centre.
The City Council had already granted planning permission to Aldi for the store on a site bounded by the Western Distributor road and a link road to Bóthar Stiofán.
Planners had imposed 21 conditions on the development including a requirement that a revised layout for the site be submitted to the Council which displayed the car parking areas as paved.
RGDATA argues to An Bord Pleanála that the Aldi foodstore would result in an excessive amount of convenience retailing in the city and western suburbs.
It also raises concern about the absence of a Retail Impact Statement and that the development would be unsustainable use of zoned land.
An Bord Pleanála is expected to make a decision on the future of an Aldi store at Knocknacarra District Centre in October.
An Bord Pleanala to reconsider appeal against refusal of 74 homes in Knocknacarra
Galway Bay fm newsroom – An Bord Pleanala is to reconsider an appeal against the refusal of 74 homes in Knocknacarra.
The project, led by Diagnostic Medical Imagine International Ltd, would be based at Rosario, Kingston.
The project would involve the demolition of two existing houses and the construction of 74 residential units, gym, and new vehicle entrance.
They’d be a mix of apartment blocks, terraced homes, semi-detached and detached units.
The plan was rejected by city planners in 2021 – and that decision was upheld by An Bord Pleanala later that year.
They found the applicant failed to provide evidence of consent, or demonstrate sufficent legal interest, for lands needed for the development.
But the board’s decision was later quashed by Order of the High Court – and the application will now be reconsidered.
A decision is due in September.
James Charity puts housing top of his agenda as Athenry-Oranmore District Chairperson
Galway Bay fm newsroom – Councillor James Charity has put housing top of his agenda as Athenry-Oranmore District Chairperson
Cllr. Charity was has been unanimously voted as Cathaoirleach for the final term of the current Council before next year’s local elections
He was nominated by fellow Independents Jim Cuddy and Gabe Cronnelly
Cathaoirleach Charity is pledging to continue the Council’s work in attracting and supporting employment to the area, as well as focusing on delivery of housing to support the jobs
City businesses urged to engage with valuation office over inflated commercial rates
Galway Bay fm newsroom – City businesses are being urged to engage with the National Valuations Office, Tailte Éireann, over inflated commercial rates.
Councillor Niall McNelis says it’s recently issued additional Proposed Valuation Certs to commerical rate customers in the city.
But he says some have not engaged with the office, and have now received significantly increased proposed demands as a result.
Councillor McNelis says in one case, a retailer is paying €30 thousand – and was told the proposed rate is now €90 thousand.
Speaking to Galway Talks, he said businesses need to urgently engage to ensure the record is corrected before official rates are set next year.