Galway Port redevelopment plan announced
Plans for a major redevelopment of part of Galway Port have been announced.
Centered on the so-called âinner dockâ area, the proposals include the construction of several high-rise buildings on land currently used for storage and parking of cars.
However, the plans are largely dependent on the approval of an extension of the port, which is still under consideration at present.
The Galway Harbor Company filed a planning application for the extension in 2014. It would involve the reclamation of approximately 27 hectares of land, south of an existing business park.
These proposals were sent back to the European Commission, as part of a submission that the project was necessary for “overriding reasons of overriding public interest” (IROPI). This is a rarely used derogation from the EU Habitats Directive.
The Commission has responded to this request in recent months and the case has been referred to the Minister of the Environment by An Bord PleanÃ¡la.
The plan unveiled today would encompass a seven-hectare site running west from the railway bridge over Lough Atalia Road to Dock Street, behind the Long Walk.
The Galway Harbor Company says the development would provide housing, business units and recreational space. CEO Conor O’Dowd said the plan would revive the city’s docklands area.
Subject to approval, the port extension is expected to be completed by 2032, with work on the inner quay being completed a year earlier.
Meanwhile, a request for a significant expansion of the Port of Galway is under consideration by the Ministers of Housing and Culture.