Proposal: The proposed development provides for 61 no. residential units, a new site entrance, landscaping, a community allotment area and all associated site development works on a site which extends to 6.4 ha, in the townland of townland of Cill Ráine, Maigh Cuilinn, Co. Galway. The application site is included in the Housing Land Map which was launched in April 2017 as a key part of the Rebuilding Ireland initiative.

Coillte plan to use the scheme to showcase their world class and Irish made “pro passive” panel boards by building to near Zero Energy Building (nZEB) standards. This means that the proposed houses will have a very high energy performance, be eco-friendly and ultimately be less costly to heat.

The scheme also includes a Community Allotment Area in the southern part of the application site, on an area of land zoned for ‘Agriculture’. Community allotment areas provide residents and the wider community facilities to grow their own organic fruit and vegetables. Community gardening has been shown to improve neighbourhoods, foster a sense of community and contribute to a better environment.

Galway County Council granted planning permission for the scheme in February 2018.

Main services provided:

  • Project management of a multi-disciplinary design team comprising project architects,
    traffic and civil engineers, hydrologists, ecologists,  property consultants and archaeologists.
  • Coordination of a community engagement programme.
    Extensive liaison with the Planning Authority and Prescribed Bodies.
  • Preparation of all planning inputs including a comprehensive planning
    report and a Linguistic Impact Statement.