Plan for 200 ‘fast-track’ homes in Oranmore

An artist's impression of the housing development in Oranmore.

Galway City Tribune – Plans for the construction of more than 200 new homes on a site just 500 metres from Oranmore town have been lodged with An Bord Pleanála under new ‘fast-track’ planning legislation.

The development will include a mix of detached, semi-detached and terraced houses, as well as apartments and duplex units, and a creche on a 21.5-acre site at Moneyduff.

Arlum Ltd, which is headed up by Padraic Rhatigan of JJ Rhatigan, has sought permission for the 212 new homes and a creche for 25 children, outdoor play areas and parking.

The breakdown of the homes is as follows: 34 four-bed semis; 54 three-bed semis; 10 four-bed detached; 16 three-bed terraced; 24 four-bed semis with attic conversion; 6 four-bed detached; 25 ground floor two-bed duplexes; 25 three-bed first/second floor duplexes; 6 two-bed apartments and 12 two-bed terraced.

There will also be new vehicular and pedestrian access from the north-south Oranmore Distributor Road and an agreement is in place between Arlum Ltd and an adjoining landowner, Roykeel Ltd, to construct the road from the existing roundabout.

Under Strategic Housing Development legislation, a developer planning more than 100 homes or 200 student bed spaces, can apply directly to An Bord Pleanála for planning permission, while the County Council offers its opinion to the higher planning authority.
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