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Final approval for multi-million mixed-use development in Knocknacarra

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Galway Bay fm newsroom – Plans for a multi-million euro development on the west side of the city have been approved.
Ardstone Homes has been granted planning permission by An Bord Pleanála to build 91 houses, apartments and retail units at the junction of Western Distributor Road in Knocknacarra.
The plans were initially approved by the city council but that decision had been appealed to An Bord Pleanála by a local resident.
The Knocknacarra development will involve the demolition of an existing agricultural shed and the construction of 91 residential units.
These will be made up of houses and apartments.
There will also be 4 ground floor retail units, a corner block of commercial units over three floors, a childcare facility, outdoor play areas and car parking.
Pedestrian access will be from Western Distributor Road and vehicles will be able to access the development from Ballymoneen Road, through the Leargán estate.
The appeal by a local resident argued that the density and scale of the development would be out of character with the area and would undermine the structure of his own house.
However, An Bord Pleanála has ruled that the Knocknacarra development would not seriously injure amenities in the area and would be acceptable in terms of traffic safety.
The Board is allowing the development go ahead with 18 conditions attached.
One condition states that no more than 75 homes can be made available to occupy before the childcare facility is complete.
Also, the retail units must be restricted to convenience retailing and local facilities and must be agreed in writing with the city council.
Another condition is that the development must be carried out on a phased basis in conjunction with the provision of a creche, retail units and landscaping and open space provision.

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City to host public consultation on new hydrogen hub at Galway Harbour

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Galway Bay fm newsroom – A public consultation meeting will take place in the city next week on a planned major hydrogen hub at Galway Harbour. (14/12)

The major zero-emissions transport facility will research, produce and use renewable hydrogen gas.

The fuel will initially be distributed for use by buses and trucks, and then extended to maritme and aviation.

The public consultation will provide an overview of the project and the proposed route options for electric cables.

It takes place the Harbour Hotel on Wednesday December 14th, from 3 to 8pm.

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Obsolete public phone boxes removed across city

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Galway Bay fm newsroom – It’s the end of an era – as the last of the obsolete public phone boxes across the city are being removed.

Crews have been removing boxes at Eyre Square, Bridge Street and in Galway’s West End in recent days.

They’ve been described as eye-sores – while Councillor Niall McNelis says they were effectively being used as public toilets.

In recent years, some of the boxes have been replaced with modern open-air kiosks, which combine a pay-phone with a digital screen offering public information.

Councillor McNelis has been speaking to David Nevin.

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Tanaiste Leo Varadkar to visit Galway tomorrow

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Galway Bay fm newsroom – Leo Varadkar is to visit Galway tomorrow for a series of engagements across the county.

The Tanaiste will be visiting Connemara, Galway City, and Athenry.

Leo Varadkar will be hitting the road early, with his first stop at Kylemore Abbey in Connemara shortly after 9am.

He’ll then travel to University of Galway, where he’ll be attending the launch of Construct Innovate at mid-day.

Construct Innovate is Ireland’s National Construction Technology Centre – and aims to make Ireland a global leader in research and innovation in the sector.

To round off his trip to Galway, The Tanaiste will pay a late afternoon visit to the Bia Innovator Campus in Athenry at 4.45pm.

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