Frequently Asked Questions

General

A: The Land Development Agency (LDA), in partnership with Galway City Council, is seeking to deliver a residential development on part of this brownfield site, prioritising cost rental and social homes with the objective of creating a new, sustainable and vibrant urban quarter within a 10 minute walk from Eyre Square.

A: The LDA is a commercial, State-Sponsored body that has been created to coordinate land within State control for more optimal uses where appropriate, with a focus on the provision of housing.

A: Cost rental is a new housing tenure that was created under the Affordable Housing Act 2021. It is aimed at people and families who are above the threshold to qualify for social housing but have difficulty affording private rented accommodation. Cost rental offers a long-term secure tenancy that is below the typical market rent. The LDA is working to achieve rents that are affordable and are costing below the average local area rental market rates.

To be eligible for consideration for cost rental housing, you must meet the following criteria:

  • Your net household income is below €59,000 per annum;
  • You are not in receipt of any social housing supports (including Rent Supplement or HAP);
  • You do not own a property;
  • Your household size matches the size of the property advertised (All members of the household must be living in Ireland at time of applying;
  • You can afford to pay the cost rent for the home. Please see FAQs below for further information;
  • Your household has only entered one application for a specific cost rental property.

Further information and updates on how to apply for LDA-owned cost rental homes available at:  LDA Cost Rental – lda

A: The entire site extends to 1.75 hectares (4.32 acres), of which the residential element extends to 0.75 hectares (1.85 acres) / 0.95 hectares (2.34 acres). The site is located approximately 750m north of Galway city centre (Eyre Square). The River Corrib is situated west of the site, with Terryland Forest Park to the north.

A: The site is currently in operation as a pay and display car park, which is owned by Galway City Council.

A: The redevelopment will be led by the LDA, in partnership with Galway City Council. Opportunities for collaboration with other interested parties will occur during the planning and construction processes.

A: Up to 220 new homes could be built once the site is completed subject to planning permission.

A: The project is currently in the initial strategic planning stage. The Corrib Causeway Development Framework will be finalised in Spring 2024 following a period of consultation and engagement, and this will include the LDA and GCC’s vision for the site.

The LDA’s intention is to submit planning application, following this public consultation process. Phased construction is expected to commence subject to planning application approval timelines and will be a multi-year process.

Transport

A: The new development is very well located with easy access onto the Headford Road and N6 National Primary Road. The design philosophy which is underpinned by the City Development Plan and the Galway Transport Strategy, will be towards a sustainable city development where future residents will be less reliant on  cars as a mode of travel, as good local walking, cycling and public transport connections to places of work, education, and services will be incorporated into the plans.

The planning application(s) which will be submitted for the site will be supported by appropriate transportation studies which assess the impact that the proposed new development will have on the existing road network. There will be a move towards reducing parking in favour of improved and more sustainable routes. This will reduce the number of vehicles on the site and reduce the number of additional vehicles on the surrounding road network.

A: This will be developed over the course of the design. Cycle parking and sustainable modes of transport will be prioritised within the development.

Operational

A: All cost rental rents are set at a level below the market rents in the area where the scheme is located. The LDA website will contain details for all forthcoming cost rental housing schemes and instructions as to how to apply for a home.

Communications

A: There are many ways for you to provide feedback on the project. The document outlining the vision for the development of Tóchar na Coiribe – Corrib Causeway is now available on the project website www.corribcauseway.ie.   

Anyone who is interest in learning more about the project proposals can contact us at: community@corribcauseway.ie

Or

Write to us at:

To

The Land Development Agency

The Portershed, 15 Market Street, Galway, H91 TCX3

Or

Call us at: +353 (091) 534662

We look forward to receiving your comments and feedback on Tóchar na Coribe – Corrib Causeway