Public consultation process open on west Dublin urban regeneration

Proposed development extends to 700 hectares around Naas Road, Ballymount and Park West

The CityEdge project is a joint venture between South Dublin County Council  and Dublin City Council. Photograph: iStock

The CityEdge project is a joint venture between South Dublin County Council and Dublin City Council. Photograph: iStock

 

A public consultation process is underway following the announcement of of a major joint urban regeneration effort located at the western edge of Dublin city centre, which aims to create 40,000 homes and 75,000 jobs.

The aim of the City Edge project is to reimagine “significant areas of under-utilised land”. The project is a joint venture between South Dublin County Council (SDCC) and Dublin City Council (DCC) with the local authorities saying that the proposed development extends to 700 hectares of land around the Naas Road, Ballymount and Park West area.

Mick Mulhern, Director of Planning and Transport at the SDCC, says the project has the potential to become one of the most “transformational” regeneration programmes ever progressed in Ireland.

“Today the area is a vibrant and important piece of Dublin but at over 700 hectares there is scope to use this land more intensely to support an expansion of the City and to provide space for up 75,000 jobs and 40,000 homes.”

John O’Hara, City Planning Officer, DCC, says that the project can deliver on the National Planning Frameworks objective to provide climate resilient compact urban growth.

“The delivery of this goal is contingent upon maximising the potential of existing and planned state of art public transport combined with a robust placemaking strategy focused on the 15-minute city concept. The active collaboration all parties, public private, is required to achieve the scale of urban regeneration required.”

Transport links are being explored including an expansion of the Luas and rail networks. The ideas are around new Luas stops on the Luas Line between Kylemore and the Red Cow.

Meanwhile, an international masterplan team has been selected to carry out a detailed study of the area and to produce a vision for the future of this part of Dublin.

Public review

A significant part of the process is the public consultation period, whereby members of the public are invited to contribute to the development.

To support this, a non-statutory four week public consultation is underway which will run until midnight on October 6th.

During that period, any member of the public can review the City Edge Emerging Concept Plan and make a submission. In addition, as part of this extensive consultation, SDCC and DCC will be hosting two live online forums on September 22nd and 30th which will provide the opportunity to gain further understanding of the project proposals and challenges.

Display information together with details on how to access live on-line events and how to make a submission can be viewed at cityedge.ie

SDCC and DCC will also host the City Edge International Conference on September 29th and 30th. This live event series will provide a unique opportunity to discuss and learn about Best Global Practice approaches to designing and delivering large scale regeneration projects.

This is an online event open to the public and will feature a range of high profile national and international speakers from Dublin, London, Amsterdam, Copenhagen and Singapore, all of whom have been involved in significant and successful urban regeneration projects.

They will share their experiences of designing and delivering complex regeneration projects and how the lessons from their projects could be applied to the City Edge project.

It is understood Nordhaven in Copenhagen and Kings Cross in London are among areas being used as templates for the project.

Display information together with details on how to access the live on-line events and how to make a submission can be viewed atwww. cityedge.ie cityedge.ie.