Abbeyleix Sustainable Community Plan

  • Client:Laois County Council & ABC Abbeyleix supported by Dept. of the Environment
    Site area:500 ha / 1,235 acres approx.
    Budget:n/a
    Timeframe:February - May 2011
    Team Members:In collaboration with LOCI

    The Sustainable Community Plan for Abbeyleix was a pilot project supported with national government funding. The plan is a model for enhanced public participation in plan making at the local scale; the community were involved from the earliest inception of the plan making process and representatives from the community were appointed to the project steering group.

    The Sustainable Community Plan was not limited to the traditional remit of a land-use plan. Strategies and proposals covered a range of scales; from town wide tourism and marketing campaigns to specific projects for public realm and green infrastructure.

    A central theme of the plan is for Abbeyleix to set itself apart as a model heritage town reflecting its planned origins and heritage assets. The plan emphasises the need to breathe new life into the fabric of old buildings on the town’s Market Square and Main St. as a catalyst for economic regeneration. A number of strategic enhancements to the network of pedestrian and cycle routes were proposed to complete a town wide green loop. The green loop can operate as a heritage trail for visitors, exercise trail and safer route to school for children. The plan views the town and its hinterland landscapes as a single planned unit and sets out measures to sustain and improve this relationship of town and country.

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Daibhi Mac Domhnaill
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Dublin 8,
Ireland

t: 087 7596581
e: daibhi@ait-place.ie