From this week’s Galway City Tribune – An Bord Pleanála’s decision to allow a seven-storey student housing complex in the parking lot of Westside Shopping Center has been called “ridiculous”.
In a decision published last week, Westside Shopping Center Limited was given the green light to build the complex with 240 beds – instead of 94 spaces in the car park and overlooking Seamus Quirke Road.
Former Mayor Mike Cubbard (Ind) filed an objection to the development. Yesterday he told the Galway City Tribune it was a ‘ridiculous’ decision and the planned building was ‘completely irrelevant’.
He was concerned that this would have a negative impact on surrounding properties. It is understood that those opposed to the development are considering a possible legal challenge.
Cllr Cubbard said he had “enormous concerns” about the overflow of parking in the nearby housing estates of Camillaun, John Coogan, Gaelcarrig, Inishannagh, Claremont, Corrach Buí.
He said the scale and height of the development was “completely out of character” with the area.
“It’s absolutely crazy. It will cause chaos in the mall with reduced parking. I’m afraid it will impact the viability of the mall and jobs.
“We’ve seen this in Westwood where they haven’t provided adequate parking and the areas around it support illegal parking.
“I am for more housing, but not at any price. It must be appropriate. It’s completely out of sync. Look at the pictures, it completely overshadows McDonald’s.
Galway City Council, in its submission to the planning council, said the development was “unacceptable” in its current form.
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