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Major urban regeneration scheme mooted for west Dublin

Words: Roger Milne
Dublin city centre

A public consultation process is under way over a large urban regeneration initiative earmarked for the western edge of Dublin city centre, which aims to provide 40,000 homes and 75,000 jobs.

The project, known as City Edge, is a joint venture between South Dublin County Council (SDCC) and Dublin City Council (DCC). The local authorities say the proposed development would involve 700 hectares of land around the Naas Road, Ballymount and Park West areas.

Mick Mulhern, director of planning and transport at the SDCC, claimed the project had the potential to become one of the most “transformational” regeneration programmes yet seen 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 with DCC, insisted that the scheme could deliver on the National Planning Framework’s 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-the-art public transport combined with a robust placemaking strategy focused 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.”

Transport link possibilities are being explored including an expansion of the Luas and rail networks.

An international masterplan team has been selected to conduct a detailed study of the area led by Macreanor Lavington, an award-winning practice of architects and urbanists based in London and Rotterdam.

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