Presentation 2012 - Landscape Character Assesment & the National Landscape Strategy
The Irish Landscape Institute’s (ILI) President, Mary Ann Harris formally launched the South East Branch of the ILI on the evening of the 20th June 2012 at the Heritage Council’s Headquarters in Kilkenny. The inaugural branch event included a participative seminar given by Alison Harvey (Heritage Council Planning Officer) entitled – Landscape Character Assessment & the National Landscape Strategy. Alison’s presentation is available to download below.
2008 Village Design Conference
Conor Newman, Chairperson, The Heritage Council
Conor Newman was appointed Chairperson of the Heritage Council by the Minister for the Environment, Heritage and Local Government (DoEHLG) in June 2008. He is a graduate of University College, Dublin (UCD), and joined the staff at NUI, Galway in 1996, where he lectures late-prehistoric and early-medieval archaeology. Conor has extensive knowledge of County Meath’s historic landscapes having worked on various archaeological projects in the county since 1982. He was Director of the Discover Programme’s Tara Survey and also director of excavations at Raffin Fort, Co. Meath.
Conor has pursued post-graduate archaeological research in Britain, France and Italy and was three times Visiting Professor of Celtic Archaeology at the University of Toronto. He was editor of the Journal of Irish Archaeology (2000-06) and is currently co-director, with Dr Mark Stansbury (Classics Department, NUI Galway) of a major research project: Columbanus: Life and Legacy, funded under the Programme for Research in Third Level Institutions (PRTLI-4).
Terry O’Regan, Landscape Alliance Ireland
Terry O’Regan founder (1995) and on-going Co-ordinator of Landscape Alliance Ireland is Council of Europe landscape expert and Member of the European Landscape Convention (ELC) Steering Committee. A Graduate in Horticulture (UCD) with some 38 years' experience of the Irish landscape industry, Member of the Irish Landscape Institute and the Institute of Horticulture, he practises as a landscape and environmental consultant. A life-long member of heritage/environmental NGOs, he convened the National Landscape Forum Series (7 no. to date).
Terry was founding Chairperson of the LA21 Body – the Cork Environmental Forum and the first to call for a strategic national landscape policy in Ireland, championing the case for such a policy over the past 14 years. He has effectively represented Ireland in the development of the European Landscape Convention since 1996. Terry also writes and lectures on all aspects of landscape evolution, quality and management. He contributed to the 2007 KNNV publication ‘Europe’s Living Landscapes – Essays exploring our Identity in the Countryside’; has just published the Landscape Circle Study Guide and the LAI ELC Marking Progress Template. He has also contributed to, and edited the proceedings of, the National Landscape Forum and created the website: www.landscape-forum-ireland.com
Jeff Bishop, BDOR
Jeff Bishop (along with Ian Davison) of BDOR invented Village Design Statements as part of ‘research’ for the English Countryside Commission on improving the standard of rural design. They tested the approach in practice before drafting the national guidance material (available on the Heritage Council website). To ensure real and lasting success, BDOR led the production of videos and newspaper/journal articles, as well as designing and delivering a national series of VDS training courses. Since then, Jeff has run further VDS training at local and national levels, offered specific support to many VDS groups and local authorities across the UK, run training on VDSs in Italy and promoted the concept in (for example) the USA and Slovenia.
Jeff’s other work with BDOR includes national research (he is described as the ‘architect’ of the pro-involvement changes in the UK planning system), training in the UK and other countries on community engagement and facilitation (currently for all middle managers in the National Environment Agency), and leading edge planning and regeneration projects (for example in Salisbury and Harlow). Jeff is an Adviser to the UK’s Sustainable Development Commission and has been a Master class tutor in community engagement for the OECD.
Professor Stephen Owen
Professor Stephen Owen has conducted major evaluations of Village Design Statements (VDSs) in England for the English Countryside Agency in 1997 and again in 2001, concluding that VDSs were proving a valuable planning tool for local communities. At their best they were seen to generate a spirit of genuine local community development and to be a worthwhile formal planning tool at both local planning authority and parish council levels. Stephen is a chartered town planner with over forty years’ experience of research and practice in rural settlement planning. He has been Chair of Gloucestershire Rural Community Council and Chair of Gloucestershire Rural Development Commission.
For 11 years Stephen was Dean of the Faculty of Environment and Leisure at the University of Gloucestershire. Stephen’s main areas of research are design in the countryside and reconciling community-led planning initiatives with strategic planning. He has published a number of refereed papers specifically evaluating the role of Village Design Statements (VDSs) in the planning system and has published extensively in the fields of sustainable rural settlement planning and community-led planning.
Alison Harvey, Planning & Development Officer, the Heritage Council
Alison Harvey is an experienced environmental planner and qualified project manager with a background in economics and community-led regeneration. She has been involved in the formulation and implementation of city, town and village design and development/regeneration studies and strategies throughout Ireland, for almost 13 years. Prior to joining the Heritage Council, Alison was a Senior Consultant with a Dublin-based consultancy. Shortly after joining the Heritage Council in December 2004, Alison initiated and developed the Irish Walled Towns Network (IWTN). This all-island initiative, now with an annual grant of €2m from the DoEHLG, has a strong emphasis on public participation including landowner workshops, participative Steering Groups, Irish Walled Towns’ Day (in conjunction with National Heritage Week), etc. Alison prepared the IWTN’s first 3 Year Action Plan 2006-2008, based on facilitated workshops.
She revised the VDS process in February 2006 and the new participative process was adopted for the Lucan VDS (and all Heritage Council-sponsored VDSs completed since 2006 to date). She was also Chair of the Lucan Village Design Statement Steering Group (IPI Awards 2008 – Participatory Award (Certificate of Merit)) and is Project Manager of the National Evaluation of VDSs Project. She is also involved in her local village improvement group in Ballon (BIG), Co. Carlow.
Download Alison's presentations:
Village Design Statements in Ireland - The Way Forward? [PDF 696K]
Village Design Statements in Ireland – An Opportunity for Collaborative and Participative Planning [PDF 964K]
VDSs – Methods for Effective Public Participation and Capacity Building [PDF 552K] Workshop Notes (Alison Harvey and Congella Maguire)
Congella McGuire, Co. Clare Heritage Officer
Congella McGuire is a graduate of Agricultural Science and holds a Masters in Environmental Science. She formally worked for Gorta in Zimbabwe and BirdWatch Ireland on a Corncrakes survey in the Shannon Callows. She gained valuable field experience while working for the National Park and Wildlife Service (DoEHLG) throughout County Clare and particularly in the Burren. She has been employed as Heritage Officer with Clare County Council since 2000 and has seen the job evolve and expand over this time. Congella manages the Clare Heritage Forum and operates under the Clare Heritage and Biodiversity Plan, both of which are now entering there second phase. The Clare Heritage Plan involves a wide range of stakeholders and relays on community participation. The people of Clare are very proud of their Heritage and have fostered and enhanced their local areas and have achieved many local initiatives in Clare.
Congella initiated the Tulla Village Design Statement and the Broadford Village Mapping Projects and wishes to further promote this type of Heritage and local lead initiatives. Another priority under the current Heritage Plan is to establish an effective Local Community Heritage Network to focus collective energies and secure effective two-way communication between the Heritage Office and the wider community.
Download Congella's presentations:
Tulla Village Design Statement (VDS) – ‘Making Local Character Count’ [PDF 26MB] (Congella Maguire and Dick Cronin, Clare County Council)
VDSs – Methods for Effective Public Participation and Capacity Building [PDF 552K] Workshop Notes (Alison Harvey and Congella Maguire)
Risteard UaCroinin (MA MIAI MAACO), Architectural Conservation Officer, Clare County Council
He has worked as a consultant in the area of architectural and archaeological heritage since the early 1980s, particularly on restoration and conservation works to tower houses, churches, historic and vernacular structures.
Dick has published extensively over the last three decades on all aspects of protecting and preserving our built heritage and is an ardent advocate of the conservation of our historic ruins. In recent years Dick has concentrated on promoting the value of Architectural Conservation Areas and Design Statements as the most effective means of protecting our urban built heritage.
Emer Dolphin, Training & Organisational Consultant
Emer has over twenty years experience in community development, organisational change and policy development in the community and statutory sectors in Ireland. She holds an MSc in Education and Training Management and is particularly interested in the use of creative methodologies to deepen trust and social integration in organisations, communities and wider society.
She has been living with her family in Julianstown since 2000. She joined the Julianstown and District Residents Association in 2007 and has been active on the Village Design Statement Sub-group since then. She started the Julianstown Foroige Youth Club in March this year and also plays on the local badminton team. She is committed to making Julianstown a great community to both live and grow up in. She believes passionately in the power of community to harness the deeper collective intelligence and create solutions for the greater good.
Fred Logue, Chairman of Julianstown & District Residents’ Association (JDRA)
Fred has lived in Julianstown for the last 32 years. He has a PhD in physics and worked for 10 years in the technology sector. He is currently re-qualifying as a lawyer in Dublin. Fred currently lives with his wife, Karen, and three young children in Julianstown.
Fred is the Chairman of Julianstown and District Residents’ Association (JDRA), having become involved three years ago, motivated by the desire to establish a voice for the village community and to make Julianstown a great place to live. Since he became involved, JDRA has increased the range and depth of its activities including participating successfully in the County and National Pride of Place competitions, Tidy Towns, and Meath Leader. He initiated the idea of completing a Village Design Statement for Julianstown and continues to actively drive this project.
Fred has helped raise the profile of Julianstown in the local and national media. He established and continues to maintain the Julianstown.com website. He has actively lobbied national and local politicians to improve the quality of life and environment in the village and its environs.
Niall Cussen, Senior Planning Adviser, The Spatial Planning Section & Heritage & Planning Division of the Dept. of the Environment, Heritage & Local Government
Since January 2000, Mr Cussen has been a key member of the team that prepared the National Spatial Strategy (NSS). Since the Government’s adoption and launch of the Strategy in November 2002, Niall has been closely involved in its implementation through interactions with Government Departments and Agencies, as well as Regional and Local Authorities.
Educated at the National University of Ireland Maynooth and University College Dublin, where he graduated with a Master Degree in Regional and Urban Planning (1989) and a former President of the Irish Planning Institute (IPI), Mr Cussen has worked as a planner for almost 20 years in a broad range of urban and rural contexts in both forward planning and development management as well as at local and national levels. This has included working in authorities as diverse as counties such as Clare and Meath, Dublin City and An Bord Pleanála giving Mr Cussen a unique insight into the Irish Planning System.
1 Mary Foley, Kildare County Council
2 Emer Dolphin, Julianstown Res Group
3 Fred Logure, Julianstown Res Group
4 Congella Magure, Clare County Council
5 Steve Owen, University of Glouchester
6 Jeff Bishop, University of Glouchester
7 Dick Cronin, Clare County Council
8 Terry O'Regan, Landscape Alliance Ireland
9 Alison Harvey, Heritage Council
10 Anne Barcoe, Heritage Council
11 Niall Cussen, DoEHLG
12 Dara Larkin, South Dublin CoCo
13 Matt Lynch, Bird Hill Community group
14 Conor Newman, Heritage Council
15 David Jordan, Heritage Council
16 Chris Horan, Clonslee Community Group
17 Austin Grogan, Skerries Tidy Town Committee
18 Martina Grogan, Skerries Tidy Town Committee
19 Anne Grogan, Skerries Tidy Town Committee
20 Noreile Breen, Student Architect DIT
21 Shanti McAllister, Soltys Brewster Consulting Ltd
22 Aoife Moore, Longford County Council
23 Clare Bannin, Longford County Council
24 Andrea Lazenby, Simpson Keith Simpson & Associates
25 Shiela Crehan, History Society
26 Ita Mahon, History Society
27 Richard McLoughlin, Lotts Architecture
28 Pat Pidgeon, Blessington Tidy Towns Committee
29 Stephen Bray, Blessington Tidy Towns Committee
30 William Fay, Blessington Tidy Towns Committee
31 Anne O'Connor, Carlingford Commuity group
32 Simon Wall, Mayo County Council
33 Louise Cooper, Terrelspass Development Assoc
34 Teresa Dunne, Terrelspass Development Assoc
35 Peggy Baxter, Clondra Community Association , Longford
36 Ken Sterrett, Queens University Belfast
37 Fergus Browne, non organisation
38 Ita Corboy, Kilmuckridge Community Enhancement Group
39 Jim Kennedy, Clonslee Community Group
40 Mairead Rohan, BNS Rural Development
41 Martina O'Dwyer, Failte Ireland
42 Henk Van der Kemp, Dublin Institute of Technology
43 Chris Kennett, Kennett Consulting Ltd
44 Adrian Hughes, Monaghan County Council
45 Mary Burns, Tidy Town Group
46 Aidan Ffrench, Landscape Institute
47 Amanda Slattery, Ballyhoura Development Ltd, Leader group
48 David O'Grady, Community Development Officer
49 Laurence Colleran, South Dublin CoCo
50 Clement Walsh, South Dublin CoCo
51 Willie Cumming, Dept. of Environment, Heritage & Local gov
52 Clare O'Shea, Carlow Leader Group
53 Lisa Cashman, West Cork Leader Co-op
54 June Connell-Keogh, Bettystown Local Community
55 Martina Maguire, Bettystown Local Community
56 Daniel Yates, Headland Archaeology Ltd
57 Claire Carty, Lisacul Tidy Towns . Roscommon
58 Mike Carty, Lisacul Tidy Towns . Roscommon
59 Christy Boylan, No organisation
60 Siobhan Sexton, Mayo County Council
61 Laurence Manogue, Manogue Architects
62 Aoife Mulcahy, Leitrim County Council, Executiave Planner
63 Paudge Keenaghan, Leitrim County Council, Executiave Planner
64 Peter Dolan, Leitrim County Council, Assistant Planner
65 Sheena O'Dowd, Leitrim County Council, Assistant Planner
66 Sarah Prenty, Leitrim County Council, Graduate Planner
67 Niall Daly, Leitrim County Council, Graduate Planner
68 Katharine Larkin, New Ground Ltd
69 John O'Toole, Grange Con Tidy Villages Committee
70 Colin Castle, Thomastown Tidy Towns Committee
71 Dominic Walsh, Senior Executive Planner, Carlow Co co
72 Colm Murray, The Heritage Council
73 Paul Stack, Senior Engineer - Kerry co co
74 Patricia O'Sullivan, Planning Student UCC
75 Alison Lyons, Slane Resident
76 Kevin Keegan, Mayo County Council
77 Sean Murray, Campile Area Development Group
78 Eva Kent, Campile Area Development Group
79 Marjan Boerse, Meath Partnership
80 Marketa Volna, Meath Partnership
81 Mairead Galvin, Kerry Couty Council
82 Chris Kirk, Virginia Tidy Towns Committee
83 Tom Grey, Virginia Tidy Towns Committee
84 PJ Leddy, Boyne Tidy Townes
85 Michael Rogan, Grange & District residents association
86 Anne O'Connor, Grange & District residents association
87 Maeve Sookram, Johnstown Development Group, Kilkenny
88 Pete Huben, Construction Industry Federation
89 Cllr. Liz Mc Cormack, Chairperson of Meath County Council
90 Lenka Mulligan, Development officer Wicklow Uplands Council
91 Triona Dunne, Terrelspass Development Assoc
92 Peter Morley, Senior Executive Planner Dublin City Council
93 Terry Lynch, Kilfinnane Tidy Towns, Limerick
94 Brendan O'Keefe, Mary Imaculate College
95 John Holland, Dunshaughlin Tidy Towns Committee
96 Sarah Monaghan, Student
97 Fintan Coffey, Student - Queens University
98 Evanne Ni Chuilinn, RTE
99 David O'Hara, Laois County Council
100 David Keohane, Laois County Council
101 Nicci Nolan, Dublin City Council
102 Patricia Hyde, Dublin City Council
103 Dominic Walsh, Carlow County Council
104 Cordelia Nic Fhearraigh, Tir Chonaill
105 Cllr Sean Creamer, North Tipperary County Council
106 Cllr Ane Mc Ellistrim, Kerry Couty Council
107 Cllr Tom Fleming, Mayor - Kerry County Council
108 Susan Scally, Department of Communty Rural and Gaeltach Affairs
109 Larry Magner, Blackrock Tidy Towns
110 Finola Reid, The Heritage Council
111 Ciaran Lynch, Tipperary Institute
112 Caroline Creamer, NUI Maynooth
113 Deirdre Burns, Heritage Officer, Wicklow County Council