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Shops can't be flats

Wednesday, 1st May, 2019 10:38am

Story by Siobhan Holliman
Shops can't be flats

The Lar na Cathrach building.

Shops can't be flats

The Lar na Cathrach building.

AN attempt to develop significant empty retail space in Tuam town centre into new apartments has been halted by Galway County Council.

Much of the shop floorspace of the Lár na Cathrach retail and residential development near Abbey Trinity has proved difficult to fill over the past 15 years but its latest owner, well-known Tuam business JFC Manufacturing Company Ltd, believes the empty first floor would be more successful as residential use as opposed to the permitted coffee shop and retail units use.

Planning permission was sought to convert and change the use of the first-floor level from retail and coffee shop to 17 apartments.

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