Public consultations for Ceannt Quarter development plan

The entrance plaza to the new Ceannt Quarter was factored into the plans for Bonham Quay (left) and the Queen Street student accommodation scheme (right). VP Motors is to the top of the image. Below: Developer Gerry Barrett.

Galway City Tribune – Members of the public will be invited to consultations on plans for the redevelopment of Ceannt Station – which is likely to include a new shopping district, hundreds of apartments, bars, restaurants and a hotel.

And the backer of the project, local developer Gerry Barrett, has already factored the scheme into his adjoining Bonham Quay and Queen Street office and student accommodation plans which were green-lighted by An Bord Pleanála last week.

Industry sources say the public consultations on the 8.18-acre ‘Ceannt Quarter’ are expected to take the format of a series of workshops dedicated to different aspects, such as public transport, residential and culture and are likely to be held in the coming weeks, with a view to lodging a planning application in June 2019.

The new ‘urban quarter’ is likely to cost in the region of €450m to develop, and Bonham Quay was designed in such a way to create a major new open plaza entrance to the Ceannt site.

Initial proposals for the project will not be drawn up until after the public consultation process, but it is understood that the project is likely to include four or five public squares and up to 400 apartments to form a new residential community; a hotel, bars, restaurants and some form of shopping precincts.

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