Galway Bay fm newsroom – The firm behind a proposed major office block at Galway Docks has stressed
the development is plan-led and will act as a catalyst for future growth in the regeneration area.
The comments were made by Bonham Dock Limited on the final day of the oral hearing concerning the development which would create a 26 thousand square metre office complex and public square in the heart of the city.
An Taisce has argued the development is premature pending a Local Area Plan for the Docks area.
In its closing submission, the group stated the project would involve a stand-alone scheme and wouldn’t create a community without the required residential content.
It stated an LAP would ensure the required democratic oversight, would deliver quality outcomes for all and would ensure sequential development.
In his closing remarks, appellant Brendan Mulligan argued there must be a statutory Local Area Plan for the inner harbour, Ceannt Station and Eyre Square east regeneration lands.
This, he argued, would avoid it being developed in a piecemeal and incoherent fashion to ensure a sustainable future for Galway.
Steven Little on behalf of Bonham Docks Ltd. told today’s hearing the development is plan-led and has been assessed in the context of Galway City Development Plan adding there is no obligation on the planning authority to prepare an LAP.
He said the firm has already received expressions of interest and if approved, it’s hoped development would commence as soon as is practicable.
Peter Staunton of Galway City Council delivered the closing remarks for the local authority describing the project as a high quality development for the city which can contribute to the objectives of the City Development Plan for regeneration of the lands in question.
Earlier in the week, the applicant argued the project would result in the regeneration of a derelict, brownfield site which hasn’t been used in years.
The firm also highlighted its separate application for a major student accommodation development.
Concerns have been raised by a number of parties which include a call for a local area plan for the area, a lack of residential content, the scale, height, design and layout.
An Bord Pleanála Inspector Brid Maxwell closed the hearing today after all closing remarks were made by appellants, observers, planning authority officials and the applicant.
A decision is expected to be reached during the summer period.
Portiuncula Univeristy Hospital hosting Service of Remembrance for those who have lost a child
Galway Bay fm newsroom – Portiuncula University Hospital is hosting a Service of Remembrance on the 13th of February for those who have experienced the loss of a child.
Parents and their families who have experienced a bereavement through the death of a child or who have lost a baby through miscarriage, ectopic pregnancy, still birth or after birth are invited to attend.
The service will get underway at 7.30pm in the hospital chapel with light refreshments afterwards.
Deirdre Naughton, Director of Midwifery at the hospital says the service will offer parents a chance to reflect on their journey:
UD Motorway and lane closures between Ballinasloe and Oranmore over next 8 days
Galway Bay fm newsroom – Commuters are being advised of upcoming motorway and lane closures on designated days between Ballinasloe and Oranmore between tomorrow and Thursday week, February 16th
The M6 Eastbound will be closed between Junction 19 and 18 from 10pm tomorrow (thurs feb 9) until 6am on Friday, with diversions in place.
On Monday 13th traffic will be down to one lane on the M6 WESTbound between junction 16 Loughrea and 17 Athenry.
The following day, one lane on that stretch EASTbound will be closed.
On Wednesday 15th, it will be down to one lane between Junction 16 Loughrea and 15 Ballinasloe.
Then on Thursday 16th, one lane will be closed between Junction 14 East Ballinasloe and Junction 15 West Ballinasloe.
All those closures will be in place from 8AM until 5PM each day.
City tech firm partners with COPE Galway to support services
Galway Bay fm newsroom – A city-based tech firm is partnering with COPE Galway to support its services.
The domestic abuse and homelessness charity is set to receive funding and volunteer support from Salthill cybersecurity firm, TitanHQ.
The company voted to support COPE Galway, with the partnership established on a year-long basis.
Leonie Woutersen, Corporate Engagement Executive at COPE Galway, explains what the collaboration will involve.