Major Regeneration Project Has “City Edge’

by Rachel Cunningham

South Dublin County Council and Dublin City Council have announced the development of a major joint urban regeneration effort known as the City Edge Project, writes Rachel Cunningham.

 Located at the western edge of Dublin City Centre, this long-term, extensive redevelopment plan is part of a national strategy to regenerate Dublin city.

Phase one of the project, which is apparently is set to become one of Europe’s largest urban regeneration projects, is a public consultation and international conference. The proposed development area extends to 700 hectares of land around the Naas Road, Ballymount and Park West area. This area already contains 1,500 businesses, employing 25,000 people, alongside well-established residential communities of 5,000 people. Further spaces of land may be developed to accommodate up to 75,000 jobs and 40,000 homes in the future.

An international ‘masterplan’ team has been selected to carry out a detailed study of the area and to produce an exciting vision for the future of this part of Dublin. A significant part of the process is the public consultation period, whereby members of the public are invited to contribute to the process and help shape the future of the city.

To support this, a non-statutory four-week public consultation will run from the 9th of September 2021 to midnight 6th of October 2021. During that period, any member of the public can review the plan and make a submission through the website cityedge.ie. Two live online forums, which will take place on September 29 and 30, will also be held to provide further understanding of the project proposals and challenges and the opportunity for members of the public to pose questions.

Hosted by Newtalk’s Shane Coleman, this online event 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.

John O’Hara, Dublin City Council City Planning Officer, commented: “The City Edge is an ambitious project that 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 focussed on the 15-minute city concept. The active collaboration of all parties, public and private, is required to achieve the scale of urban regeneration required.”

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