An Bord Pleanala

  • An Bord Plenala has given the go-ahead for a €100 million development at Galway Docks.

    Local developer Gerry Barrett can proceed with plans for a substantial office development, which will include four top-end office blocks as well as retail space and accomodation for 350 students on Queen Street, overlooking Galway Docks.

    Work on the development is expected to begin next February, and will create about 400 construction jobs.

    It's expected the office development will be of interest to foreign firms moving to Ireland because of its proximity to the shopping and entertainment areas of Galway city, as well as the availability of houses and apartments.





  • An Bord Pleanala has given the green light to the road development of the N5 between N5 Ballaghaderreen and Scramogue.

    Senator Frank Feighan has warmly welcomed the decision to grant the planning permission, who says the project involves constructing almost 35 kilometres of new carriageway along with the realignment of nearly 15 kilometres of existing roads.

    Senator Feighan says that this is a dangerous stretch of road, which is extremely busy, so this work will be welcomed to the many people who use it.

    Meanwhile Mayo County Council has welcomed today’s decision by An Bord Pleanala to approve the road development of the N5 between Ballaghaderreen and Scramoge, Co. Roscommon.

    Chief Executive of Mayo County Council, Peter Hynes, said it is important for Co. Mayo and the West of Ireland and said “It is vitally important to improve the road network connecting the east of the country with the west and the improvements planned for the N5 is a critical piece of infrastructure.“It is critical for the ongoing economic, social and tourism development of Mayo that a high quality road network links us to the wider western region and to the rest of the national route network which serves the entire country.I would like to thank all citizens who made a submission to An Bord Pleanala in support of the upgrade works.”

    The Cathaoirleach of Mayo County Council, Cllr Blackie Gavin, also welcomed the news as vital for the county saying It is important to keep Mayo connected with the rest of the country and the proposed N5 upgrades will do just that. It will also make the travel to and from the eastern part of the country smoother and easier.”

  • Planning permission has been refused for Portwest to construct their new global headquarters in Westport.

    An Bord Plenala has upheld an appeal lodged against the decision of Mayo County Council to grant permission for the office building and café at Roman Island at The Quay in Westport.

    The Board says the proposed development is in an area which is at risk of flooding

    This is a major set-back for the clothing workwear company, which has seen a massive global expansion in recent years, and now employs over 3,000 people worldwide.

    Just over a year ago, Mayo County Council granted planning permission, with 37 conditions, to Portwest Ltd to build their new global headquarters at Roman Island, The Quay, Westport.

    The company was planning to construct a mainly 4-storey building with offices, cafe and parking, with plans to employ up to 150 people at the new facility.

    Last October, two appeals were lodged with An Bord Pleanala against the council's decision to grant permission.

    The appeals were signed by over 20 local residents in total, and cited concerns in relation to flooding, parking, traffic, and the design of the building.

    A decision was expected in April, but was deferred due to a backlog in cases.

    This week, An Bord Pleanala has upheld an appeal against the decision to grant planning permission to Portwest Ltd.

    In reaching its decision, the Board overturned the recommendation of its own inspector.

    In a statement to Midwest News, Mayo County Council says this is an unfortunate outcome, after a long and extensive process.

    The Council says it will preclude the development of an iconic 21st century building at the Quay, which would have involved a multi-million euro investment and would have bought significant employment and economic activity to the area on a year-round basis.


  • An Bord Pleanala has sought further information from Mayo County Council in relation to the proposed construction of a new bridge at Glenisland, on the main Castlebar to Belmullet road.

    Funding of 500,000 euro was granted in 2015 for the construction of a new bridge at Mucknagh/Kilgarriff in Glenisland and realignment works. However An Bord Pleanala has sought additional information on a number of occasions, with the latest request arriving on January 18th.

    Erris based Fine Gael Cllr Gerry Coyle says if the situation wasn’t so serious it would be amusing.

    He says he cannot understand why the planning authority cannot see the urgency in completing this project, given the safety concerns on that road.

  • An Bord Pleanala has granted permission for realignment works at Glenisland on the R312 road linking Castlebar and Belmullet.

    Following a lengthy planning process, the go-ahead has now been given for a realignment of a section of the road to replace the existing route, and a new bridge at Glenisland.

    Welcoming the decision today, Mayo County Council said the realignment project will be a priority in the coming months.

    CEO of Mayo County Council Peter Hynes says enhancing road safety and connectivity is a priority for the council, and these improvement works on the R312 will enhance the quality of our road network.

    Belmullet-based FG Councillor Gerry Coyle has also welcomed the decision, but questioned why it has taken over four years to get planning,  since funding was announced for this project in 2015.....

  • An Bord Pleanala’s decision not to allow Portwest to build a new global headquarters own its own site at the Quays in Westport is a bad news day for Westport, according to the Cathaoirleach of Mayo County Council, Westport based Brendan Mulroy.

    The Board has upheld an appeal lodged against Mayo County Council's decision to grant permission for a new 10 million euro office building and café at Roman Island at The Quay in the town.

    The Board says the proposed Portwest development is in an area which is at risk of flooding.

    This is a major set-back for Portwest, a clothing workwear company, which has seen a massive global expansion in recent years, and now employs over 3,000 people worldwide.

    In reaching its decision, the Board overturned the recommendation of its own inspector.

    In a statement to Midwest News, Mayo County Council makes this judgement on the Board’s decision stating that “it’s an unfortunate outcome, after a long and expensive process. It will preclude the development of an iconic 21st century building at the Quay, which would have involved a multi-million euro investment and would have bought significant employment and economic activity to the area on a year-round basis”.

    Midwest News sought an interview with the Chief Executive of MCC on the statement , but so far that has not been secured.

    Midwest News contacted Portwest for it’s reaction to the decision, the company declined an interview but forwarded a statement saying it "is disappointed at the planning decision".

    Adding that its team has “worked tirelessly to bring this project to Westport and create over 50 new graduate jobs. After two years in the planning process, the decision means the company cannot accommodate these new jobs, as there are no offices large enough to rent, and the company has now been refused planning permission for this development”.

    Westport based Fianna Fail councillor Brendan Mulroy is the Cathaoirleach of Mayo County Council and speaking to Midwest News today he said it's a bad news day for Westport. Fifty new graduate jobs have been lost to the area, he argues, and that will result in further emigration by youth in the west Mayo area.

  • Galway City misses out on a small cruise ship due to weather conditions yesterday morning.

    The Silver Wind cruise ship, a small vessel with a passenger capacity of upwards on 300 passengers, was unable to dock in Galway Bay in the early hours of Friday.

    According to the Port of Galway’s twitter feed, the vessel took shelter in the Lee of Black Head, unable to tender due to weather conditions and is now en route to Greenock, Scotland.

    Galway port is currently awaiting planning permission from An Bord Pleanala for a huge redevelopment of the ancient port.

    The main objective of the expansion is to allow access to more and larger ships that are currently blocked by the shallow depth and other constraints.

  • A Galway West TD wants the Government to reconsider strengthening the law so appellants to An Bord Pleanala are clearly identifiable.


    The Minister for Housing, Planning, and Local Government Eoghan Murphy rejected Deputy O’Cuiv’s call to change the current laws in relation to the verification of residency for those who lodge An Bord Pleanala appeals.


    Deputy O’Cuiv’s issue with the current process of appealing applications to An Bord Pleanala is that there is no way of confirming people’s residency at an address.


    The Fianna Fail TD claims that people can use false names or, purport to live at an address that they do not live in, under the current appeal process.


    Deputy O’Cuiv told Midwest Radio News that An Bord Pleanala should be given evidence of residency at an address to speed up the planning application process.

  • An oral hearing will get underway today into the proposed Galway city bypass.

    Galway City Council says the €600 million ring road is needed to ease chronic traffic congestion in the city, but a number of groups opposing the project have questioned its merits, with campaigners saying there should be more focus on public transport.

    If the bypass goes ahead, over 40 houses would have to be demolished.

    An Bord Pleanala has received over 300 objections to the proposal, and the oral hearing is expected to continue for several weeks .

  • An Bord Pleanála has granted planning permission for a large wind farm in Co Galway.

    A number of strong objections were lodged against it.

    Arderroo Wind Farm asked the planning appeals board for planning permission for 25 wind turbines in rural Connemara - in the townlands of Arderroo, Letter and Finaun.

    Several residents objected.

    Their concerns included fears about the impact it would have on birds and bats, along with the noise and visual impacts.

    Galway County Council said the development was acceptable, and An Bord Pleanala granted permission, subject to 25 conditions.

    It said the most significant adverse affects of the wind farm could be mitigated against.

    Several other wind farms are located in the area.

  • An Bord Pleanála has overturned planning permission for a new hospice building in Galway.

    The decision follows objections to the development on environmental grounds.

    Galway Hospice had planned to construct a 36-bed facility on land adjacent to Merlin Park, and was granted planning permission by Galway City Council last August.

    The decision was subsequently appealed, and An Bord Pleanala has now overturned the planning permission, which could mean a lengthy delay in the provision of a new hospice facility in the city.

  • Plans by the owners of Ashford Castle in Cong to construct a 5-star hotel in Dublin City have been appealed.

    Dublin City Council has given permission to Red Carnation Hotels Ltd for the conversion and extension of a former Jesuit university students' residence at Hatch Hall into a boutique 60-bedroom hotel.

    However, a local resident has lodged an appeal against the development with An Bord Pleanala, claiming the hotel project should be refused permission across seven separate headings.

    Currently, just 12 of the 214 hotels in Dublin are 5-star, and a spokesman for Red Carnation Hotels said the development would ensure that the building is restored and conserved, protecting it into the future.

    A decision on the appeal is due in August.

  • There are plans for a multi-million-euro housing development in Galway.

    The proposals involve 335 apartments in Knocknacarra District Centre in Rahoon.

    They've been lodged with An Bord Pleanála, under the new fast-track mechanism for large developments.

  • An Bord Pleanala has rejected plans for a Japanese knotweed facility near Ballyhaunis.

    A company called Pollution & Construction Solutions Ltd - trading as The Japanese Knotweed Company - has applied for permission for a recovery facility for soil and stone waste, including soils containing Japanese knotweed, at a disused quarry at Hazelhill / Drumbaun on the outskirts of Ballyhaunis.

    Mayo County Council had refused permission for the development and the company appealed that decision to An Bord Pleanala.

    Observations were also received from a local landowner and the Drumbane Residents Association.

    They claimed that the roadway into the site is not suitable for large volumes of traffic, and concerns were also expressed over noise and dust pollution.

    An Bord Pleanala has now refused planning permission for the facility.

    The Board said, given the location close to residential dwellings, it was not satisfied that the proposed development would not seriously injure the amenities of properties in the vicinity by reason of noise, dust and general disturbance.

    The Board also considered the proposal would pose a risk of environmental pollution.

  • Plans for almost 1,100 new homes in three counties have been lodged with An Bord Pleanála.

    They include student accommodation for 405 in the Headford Road in Galway, and 288 apartments in nearby Mervue.

    There are also plans for 98 houses in Bettystown, Co Meath, and 270 apartments in Drogheda, Co Louth.

    Mayor of Galway Mike Cubbard says there's a big shortage of housing in his county.

  • There are plans for student accommodation for hundreds of people in Galway.

    Montane Developments Limited has lodged a planning application with An Bord Pleanála.

    The development would comprise 272 student bedspaces in Coolough Road, Terryland.

    The planning board is due to make a decision on the application by the end of July.