Dundalk Collaborative Town Centre Health Check Project shortlisted for a National Planning Award by the Irish Planning Institute

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Dundalk's collaborative town centre health check project has been shortlisted for a National Planning Award by the Irish Planning Institute (IPI) under the category Participation and Engagement.

According to Ali Harvey, Heritage Council and Lead Partner on the regeneration project, “this shortlisting by the IPI is clear recognition of the project partners’ enormous efforts to create a robust baseline of Dundalk’s historic town centre for the benefit of residents and visitors alike”. This first-time CTCHC baseline will be used to inform and guide management and investment decisions in relation to the town centre and has already informed a detailed submission by the project team on the emerging county development plan, which is currently being prepared by Louth County Council. Based on the key findings of the Dundalk CTCHC, the CTCHC Project Team has recommended that the new county development plan should embrace a policy of putting ‘Town Centres First’ at its heart to ensure that Dundalk Town Centre survives and thrives into the future.

The collaborative town centre health check project, which was established by the Heritage Council, Dundalk BID, Dundalk Institute of Technology, Dundalk Chamber, Dundalk Credit Union and Louth County Council in autumn 2018 assessed vacancy rates, footfall patterns, spend in the town centre and online, and commercial confidence and selling activity on-line. Minister English T.D. launched the summary Dundalk CTCHC Report in June 2019 at an event in the county museum, which was also attended by a delegation from the Dutch Provinces who were in Dundalk to learn about spatial planning and town centre management. The Dutch feedback was that they were inspired by the Dundalk CTCHC Project and the ongoing collaboration between all the partners to support regeneration in Dundalk. All the hard work has now been recognised by another national body.

The Irish Planning Institute’s National Planning Awards Ceremony and Gala dinner will be held in the Westin Hotel, Dublin in February 2020. For further information on the Dundalk CTCHC Project, please contact Ali Harvey, aharvey@heritagecouncil.ie or Martin McElligott in Dundalk BID, manager@dundalkbids.com

L-R Brendan Mc Sherry, Billy Doyle, Angela Dullaghan, Marguerite Quinn, Ali Harvey, Brian Walsh, Martin McElligott, Michael Gaynor, Aideen Morrissey, Geraldine Johnston, Helen Divilly, Frank Pentony, Thomas McEvoy. Missing from photo Mark Dearey, Catherine Duff and Eamon McMahon