Sandymount Village won the Irish Planning Institute's (IPI) 'Urban Village Award', with a prize value of €1,000. Sandymount was the 1st 'urban village' to participate in the Heritage Council’s community-led, national Village Design Statement Programme (VDSP) and we are delighted that the achievements of the local community in Sandymount, Dublin City Council and the Heritage Council has been recognised today by the IPI. Sandymount VDS provides an innovative example of how local communities can become actively involved in environmental planning and management matters, to promote and enhance the ‘sense of place and identity’ of historic urban villages and to improve the overall quality of life for residents.
Download Sandymount Village Design Statement (2011) [PDF 5.5MB].
Bere Island, Co. Cork received the 'Island Award' this year, where again the Heritage Council has been working with the local community since 2000. In consultation with the local community and Cork County Council, the Heritage Council produced the Bere Island Conservation Plan in 2003, the plan sets out policies and suggested actions for the development of the island, while being sensitive to the character and way-of-life of the island which the community wished to retain. The Heritage Council provided grant-aid for the implementation of the initial stages of the plan and has continued to provide assistance and advice to the community over the past number of years.
Read more about Bere Island Conservation Plan here >
The Heritage Council is delighted to be involved with these very worthwhile projects and wishes to congratulate the local communities involved for their hard-work and dedication - it has all been worth it!