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Are you interested in “Town planning for Athenry”? 2002


If you are interested in planning issues for Athenry, then there is some interesting reading for you.

The Report on submissions received on the Athenry Town Draft Development Plan 1999 makes good bedtime reading.

The following extract is just a taster and are the views from the Planners in Galway County Council regarding the decisions of the Loughrea Area Committee.

“The implications of the proposed level of residential zoning as proposed by the Loughrea Area Committee are summarised in the following points:

Non-integrated development and urban sprawl;
Hamper national funding for required infrastructure;
Loss of community and increase in the commuter population who may lack identity within the town;
Significant and irreversible visual and environmental impact on internationally and nationally significant heritage;
lncrease in traffic congestion especially in the town centre;
Contrary to the regional strategy of the Galway Transportation and Planning Study
Contrary to the principles of Sustainable Development Strategy for Ireland;
Contrary to the Galway Housing Strategy of Galway County Council
Contrary to the objectives of the Residential Density Guidelines
Contrary to the proper planning and sustainable development of the town

Athenry Local Area Plan 2012 – 2022

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Written by Gerry Ahern

Published here 17 Jul 2023 and originally published Summer 2002

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