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Major Oranmore housing proposal refused over goose concerns

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Galway Bay fm newsroom – A major housing development planned for Oranmore has been refused planning permission.
An Bord Pleanála has turned down the proposal by Arlum Limited for 212 homes at Moneyduff and Oranhill.
A portion of the planned development in Oranmore would have been designated as social housing.
There were also plans to build a creche at the site but local councillors previously said there was concern about the lack of amenities in the area and a new access road.
The planning application went straight to An Bord Pleanála, bypassing the county council, under new legislation for large-scale strategic housing developments.
The Board has refused to allow the 212 homes be built at Oranhill stating that it’s not satisfied that excluding nearby European protected sites from the Natura impact statement was appropriate.
This is due to the possible use of the development site by the Greenland White-fronted goose, which is a species of Special Conservation Interest for both SPAs.
Also An Bord Pleanála ruled that the Natura Impact Statement doesn’t consider the potential for effects on Special Conservation Interest bird species in the Inner Galway Bay SPA.
Therefore it refused permission for the homes in Oranmore stating that it would contravene the County Development Plan which aims to conserve and preserve European sites and species.

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Report reveals Kinvara most expensive area for property in Connacht

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Galway Bay fm newsroom – It’s been revealed that Kinvara has the most expensive property market in Connacht and Ulster.

The latest Daft.ie Wealth Report shows the average asking price for property in the South Galway village is €317 thousand.

It’s followed by Galway City, with an average figure of €297 thousand.

Meanwhile, Oughterard is the second most expensive town in Connacht/Ulster – with the average property commanding a price of €244 thousand.

To hear more, tune into Galway Bay fm news at 1…

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Galway islanders urged to apply for thatch roof grants

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Galway Bay fm newsroom – Galway islanders are being urged to apply for grants which support the renovation of thatched roofs.

Minister of State and Galway East TD Ciaran Cannon is encouraging islanders in particular to avail of the grant, which only applies to owner occupied houses.

A grant of two thirds of the approved cost, up to a maximum of €3,800, is available for mainland applications.

While a higher level of assistance of up to €5,700 is available for houses on specified offshore islands.

Householders with a medical card may be eligible for higher grants in both cases – with up to 80 percent of the overall cost available.

Minister Cannon says thatch roofs are an integral part of the tapestry of the Irish countryside.

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Funding announced for flood works in Moylough and Woodlawn

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Galway Bay fm newsroom – Galway County Council has allocated nearly 50 thousand euro for flood works in Moylough and Woodlawn.

The works come after residents in both areas have experienced flooding due to run-off water during heavy rain.

The works will include replacing an underground pipe at Carrowmore Woodland at a cost of 36 thousand euro, and drainage works at the back of the national school in Moylough at a cost of over 13 thousand

The funding has been announced by Roscommon Galway TD Denis Naughton following collaboration with Ballinasloe area Councillor Tim Broderick.

Deputy Naughton says the works will provide comfort to residents in the affected areas.

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