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Notice of Application to An Bord Pleanála for Approval


Notice of Application to An Bord Pleanála for Approval

NOTICE PURSUANT TO: SECTION 177AE OF THE PLANNING AND DEVELOPENT ACT 2000 (AS AMENDED) AND THE PLANNING AND DEVELOPMENT REGULATIONS 2001 (AS AMENDED)  

GALWAY CITY COUNCIL SALMON WEIR PEDESTRIAN AND CYCLE BRIDGE 

Notice is hereby given that Galway City Council proposes to seek the approval of An Bord Pleanála for a proposed development over the Lower River Corrib downstream of the existing Salmon Weir Bridge from Gaol Road to Newtownsmith in Galway City. 

The proposed development would comprise of:

  • Construction of a three-span pedestrian and cycle bridge over the Lower River Corrib downstream of the existing Salmon Weir Bridge from Gaol Road to Newtownsmith in Galway City;
  • Alterations to existing stone masonry walls to facilitate the footpaths and approach spans to the proposed bridge;
  • Upgrading of existing footpaths at the tie in points at Gaol Road and Newtownsmith and a tie-in to the public ameni- ty area on Friar’s River embankment. 

The proposed new pedestrian and cycle bridge will be located c. 24m from the existing Salmon Weir Bridge (downstream) and is comprised of a low level three-span bridge, which will cross three separate watercourses. The span arrangement over Persse’s Distillery River, Lower River Corrib and Friar’s River are approximately 13m, 54m and 18m respectively. 

The proposed development is provided for in the Galway Transport Strategy (GTS), which states “Segregation of pedestrians from buses at Salmon Weir Bridge through the provision of a new, parallel pedestrian bridge adjacent to the existing structure”. It also enables the “Designation of Salmon Weir Bridge as a public transport-only bridge crossing” and provides high quality public realm and amenity area, which will encourage the “Transformation of Galway City Centre into a new space where walking, cycling and public transport are all prioritised over private car traffic”. 

A Natura Impact Statement has been prepared in respect of the proposed development.

An Bord Pleanála may give approval to the application for development with or without conditions or may refuse the application for development. 

A copy of the Natura Impact Statement and the Plans and Particulars of the proposed development are available on the website of Galway City Council at www.busconnectsgalway.ie

A copy of the Natura Impact Statement and the Plans and Particulars of the proposed development will also be avail- able for public inspection at the Planning Offices of Galway City Council, City Hall, College Road, Galway City, from 26th November 2020 until 21st January 2021 inclusive, from 10 am to 1pm Monday to Friday, excluding the following dates over the Christmas period, 24th to 29th December 2020 inclusive, or purchase at a cost of €15. 

Due to the Covid-19 pandemic the Council’s offices are accessible by prior appointment only. 

Please contact Galway City Council by phone 091-536599 or email at planning@galwaycity.ie if you have any queries or wish to arrange an appointment. 

Submissions and observations may be made in writing to An Bord Pleanála, 64 Marlbourough Street, Dublin, D01 V902 on or before 4.30pm pm Thursday 21st January 2021 in relation to:

  1. The implications of the proposed development for proper planning and sustainable development in the area concerned;
  2. The likely effects on the environment of the proposed devel- opment, and
  3. The likely significant effects of the proposed development on a European Site,

if carried out. 

A Compulsory Purchase Order, for which there is a separate public notice, has been made in respect of the proposed development. If an oral hearing is conducted in relation to the compulsory purchase of land, which relates wholly or partly to the proposed development and in respect of which the local authority has applied for approval, the person conducting any such oral hearing, if any, is entitled under section 177AE(7) of the Planning and Development Act 2000 (as amended) to hear evidence on the likely effects on the environment, the likely consequences for proper planning and sustainable development and the likely significant effects upon a European Site. 

A person may question the validity of any such decision by An Bord Pleanála by way of an application for judicial review under Order 84 of the Rules of the Superior Courts (S.I. No. 15 of 1986) in accordance with section 50 of the Planning and Development Act, 2000 as amended. Practical information on the review mechanism can be accessed on the Board’s website www.pleanala.ie or on the Citizens Information website www. citizensinformation.ie 

Dated this 26th November 2020. 

Signed:

Mr Brendan McGrath
Chief Executive
Galway City Council


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