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Joe Corr, President of the Irish Planning Institute has welcomed the launch of an urban design vision for the Westgate area of Drogheda, launched last night in Drogheda. Westgate Vision is a targeted planning response aimed at channelling investment into this core area, as an alternative to building on green field sites at the edge of the town.
Drogheda is one of Ireland’s most historic towns, strategically located along the Dublin-Belfast corridor and as gateway to the Boyne Valley. The modern town of Drogheda compromises a historic town core and a broad suburban hinterland with approximately 41,000 inhabitants.
Speaking following the launch Joe Corr said “The Irish Planning Institute commends this vision for townscape recovery in the Westgate area of Drogheda. The vision articulated by Louth County Council supports many key objectives of the new National Planning Framework that the Institute has championed especially around brownfield development. We look forward to seeing such vision and ambition being mirrored in towns like Drogheda throughout the country as Project Ireland 2040 is rolled out”.
“The Irish Planning Institute promotes and supports excellence in planning, evidence based planning and sustainable development. Following the launch of Project Ireland 2040 it is particularly rewarding to see the launch of a recovery plan for an important town like Drogheda along the Dublin Belfast Corridor attracting public and private investment to a historic quarter of one of Ireland’s most historic towns.”
Launching the vision, Mayor of Drogheda, Cllr Pio Smith said: “Drogheda, like many other towns across the country, witnessed rapid expansion of new housing and commercial areas outside the traditional town centre in the early 2000s. At the same time, this saw areas like Westgate and Narrow West Street at the western extremity of the town centre lose their appeal for residents and businesses, resulting in the current high levels of vacancy, under-utilisation and dereliction. Westgate is a historic area of the town that is full of character. It’s also the gateway for visitors to the Boyne Valley so I am delighted that the area has been identified for regeneration. I look forward to seeing the vision coming to fruition over the coming years.”