Louth County Council has prepared an urban regeneration Vision for Westgate. The Westgate Vision is a guide for townscape recovery within a 10 year plus delivery timeframe. The Westgate Vision (WGV) Area comprises: The Barlow House Area, between George’s Square and Scholes Lane including Narrow West Street and extending north to Fair Street; the Old Abbey Lane Area, between Narrow West Street and the River Boyne extending east to Dominic Street; and west to the Bridge of Peace and the Donaghy’s Mills Area west of the Bridge of Peace and south of Trinity Street.
Louth County Council subsequently applied for funding under the Urban Regeneration and Development Fund (URDF) which was approved in late 2019 to support Stage 1 of the West Gate Vision document i.e. “Short Term Delivery of the Vision - including technical assistance to progress feasibility, detail design and development consent” for public realm to include the following projects:
- George's Square Gateway
- Street Improvement
- Lane way Improvement
In 2020, Turley Architects were appointed to carry out a feasibility and preliminary design of the public realm within this area and to get planning permission for these works. Turley’s are a multi-disciplinary specialist consultancy service operating throughout Ireland and the UK. They have a team of experts that offer an integrated planning and design service to both public sector and private sector clients. Previous experience includes the Titantic Quarter in Belfast, Fort George, Derry, and Carlingford Lough Cross Border Greenway..
More details on the project can be found on www.westgatevision.ie