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Galway redevelopment could yield 1,000 new homes

Words: Roger Milne
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A major redevelopment initiative announced this week could see 1,000 homes built north of Galway city centre as part of a new sustainable neighbourhood.

The government’s Land Development Agency (LDA) and Galway City Council have assembled an eight-hectare brownfield site in the Terrylands district of the city with help from half-a-dozen landowners, including the county council and Galway Bay FM.

An expert architectural panel led by planner John Martin is carrying out a review of the site that is due to be completed by the end of March. He is a former senior planner who has worked with An Bord Pleanála, Dublin local authorities and the former Department of the Environment.

The LDA has announced that the location on Sandy Road – about a kilometre north of Eyre Square – could be transformed into “up to 1,000 new homes, together with employment and leisure spaces as part of a new sustainable neighbourhood”.

The agency is finalising a memorandum of understanding with Galway City Council over a review of the site in terms of its redevelopment potential and how it could deliver affordable housing.

Brendan McGrath, chief executive of the city council, said: “Under the National Planning Framework, Galway City will grow its population by 50 per cent to 120,000 people in 2040. Much of this growth will take place in the inner suburbs.

“Sandy Road offers a major regeneration opportunity to build a mixed-tenure urban quarter within 15 minutes’ walk of Eyre Square. This will enable very high-quality modern sustainable, non car-based urban living.

“This collaboration and partnership with the LDA offers a unique and unparalleled opportunity for the early regeneration of these brownfield lands, acting as a catalyst for the wider redevelopment of Liosbaun and the Headford Road area.”

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