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Investors blocked from purchasing homes in approved Ballybrit development

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Galway Bay fm newsroom – An Bord Pleanála has blocked investors from purchasing homes in a new housing development approved in Ballybrit.

The strategic housing development will consist of 102 units at Monivea Road, located between two existing estates.

The planned development consists of 13 houses, 34 duplex units and 55 apartments, as well as childcare facilities.

It’ll be located on a largely greenfield site between the existing Dún Briota and An Luasán estates.

There are currently three semi-detached bungalows and a derelict house on the 1.4ha site, all of which will be demolished.

There’ll be new vehicle and pedestrian access points from the Monivea Road, as well as new pedestrian access from Ballybane More Road.

In granting permission for the strategic housing development, An Bord Pleanala has attached 31 conditions.

One stipulates that all units delivered in the scheme must be restricted to first occupation by individual purchasers and not any corporate entity.

Another states that at least 10 percent of the 94 car-parking spaces must be fitted with an electric vehicle charging point, and provision must be made for further points in the future.

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Green light for hostel and retail unit at site of Tonery’s pub

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Galway Bay fm newsroom – Plans have been approved for a hostel and retail unit at Tonery’s pub in Bohermore.

The application is led by Peadar Tonery and would be located at Tonery’s pub at 144 Bohermore.

The project will see the demolition of the existing pub and adjoining shed and the construction of a hostel development.

This is to be built over three floors over ground floor level and two floors below ground floor level comprising of 163 rooms.

The plan also provides for a retail unit as well as public realm and landscaping works including pedestrian linkages and cycle parking spaces.

City planners have attached 24 conditions.

One states the developer is to submit a mobility management plan to the transportation section for written agreement.

Another states prior to the occupation of the ground floor area designated as retail, precise details of the nature and extent of the selected use is to be submitted to the planning authority.

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Approval granted for new Connacht/Ulster Technological University integrating GMIT

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Galway Bay fm newsroom – Approval has been granted for the establishment of a new Technological University for the West and North-West that will integrate GMIT.

The green light from Higher Education Minister Simon Harris will see the amalgamation of the Connacht Ulster Alliance – GMIT, Letterkenny IT and Sligo IT.

The new TU will offer almost 600 academic programmes from pre-degree to doctoral level to a student population of over 20 thousand students across eight campuses.

Announcing the approval today, Minister Harris said it will increase access to college, lead to enhanced regional development and boost local opportunities.

Galway West Fine Gael TD and Junior Minister Hildegarde Naughten says it’s a milestone day for the entire region.

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City public meeting to discuss prospect of united Ireland

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Galway Bay fm newsroom – A public meeting will take place in the city this evening to discuss the increasing prospect of a united Ireland. (28/10)

The event is organised by the pro-Irish unity civic group, Ireland’s Future.

It’s the second meeting in a national series and will take place at the Galmont Hotel at 7pm – and will also be streamed online via social media.

Panelists will include local TD’s Eamon O’ Cuiv and Mairead Farrell, and Deputy President of NUI Galway Professor Pól Ó Dochartaigh.

Gerry Carlile, CEO of Ireland’s Future, is encouraging everyone to attend this evenings meeting.

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