Urban Policy in Ireland
National urban policy is progressed mainly by the Department of the Environment, Community & Local Government (central government) and is implemented by the local authorities & regional assemblies (local government).
The Department’s 2002 National Spatial Strategy (NSS) sought a better balance of social, economic and physical development across Ireland, supported by more effective planning. With urban policy constantly evolving to deal with modern challenges/opportunities, work is underway on the drafting of a new strategy (for end of 2015) to succeed NSS. A national planning policy statement is also in preparation, along with legislative measures to enhance planning practice.
Recent URBACT projects in Ireland
- “Place making for Cities”, on transfer of good practice between 4 European Cities
- “LINKS”, on eco-restoration of historic buildings and associated socio-economic and environmental benefits
- “UseACT”, on ways to achieve opportunities for people and businesses to settle in existing locations without consumption of further land
An Infoday for URBACT projects & supports is being planned for February 2014.