Sunday 23 July 2017

Barrett's Galway plan sees objection

Bonham's Quay would comprise offices, retail and restaurants
Bonham's Quay would comprise offices, retail and restaurants
Ronald Quinlan

Ronald Quinlan

Developer Gerry Barrett's ambitious €100m plan to create a new 'urban quarter' at Galway Docks has been met with an objection from the Galway Association of An Taisce.

Barrett, who exited Nama in 2014 following the heavily discounted sale of the bulk of his companies' loans to Deutsche Bank, is hoping to develop some 26,000 sq m (280,000 sq ft) of office space and 2,000 sq m (21,500 sq ft) of retail and restaurant space in the proposed Bonham Quay scheme.

As part of a separate application, the developer is looking to build student accommodation with 345 en-suite bedrooms in an area next to the Bonham Quay site at Queen Street.

In its objection to Barrett's office and retail plans, An Taisce maintains that the proposal for the former Topaz Oil storage facility is "premature" and should be rejected as it doesn't include a minimum residential content of 30pc.

The organisation believes that a Local Area Plan (LAP) should be drawn up for the Ceannt Station and Inner Harbour areas before a plan of Bonham Quay's scale is considered. An Taisce also contend that a decision on Barrett's proposal should be refused or delayed until An Bord Pleanala delivers a decision on an application for the extension of Galway Harbour.

One of Ireland's leading developers, Gerry Barrett is perhaps best known for his development prior to the crash of the G Hotel in Galway, the D Hotel in Drogheda, and the Hotel Meyrick in Galway - as well as the Scotch Hall Shopping Centre in Drogheda.

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