Galway council wants ‘monolithic’ development with 21-storey tower scaled down – The Irish Times

The promoters of a €320 million mixed use, urban regeneration development in Galway city centre, which includes plans for a 21-storey tower, have been told to scale down the scheme significantly because of the threat it posed to “the unique character of the city”.

Galway City Council has postponed a decision on an application by Seagullpoint for planning permission for the proposed Augustine Hill development on a 3.5 hectare site adjacent to Ceannt railway station just off Eyre Square amid concern by planners about the scale of the project.

The council’s director of services, Ruth McNally, said the plans were compromised by “too great an ambition for quantum of floorspace”.

Image of the development as planned just off Eyre Square, Galway. Image: Edward Group

Ms McNally said the excessive scale and height of the development had “resulted in a compromised architectural design quality that would overpower the unique character

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