€100,000 Funding Announced for Dunleer Master Plan
Minister for Rural and Community Development, Heather Humphreys TD, announced €2.6 million in funding to deliver the first ever Town Centre First Plans, which will be key to securing the sustainable future of towns centres throughout the country.
As part of the initiative, local authorities will be provided with €100,000 to support the development of a unique master plan for a town in its county. Louth County Council was successful in its bid to secure funding for Dunleer, one of 26 towns nationwide to be granted funding. Each local authority will now work closely with local community groups, retailers and the other members of the Town Teams in devising and delivering on the objectives of their respective masterplans. This initiative is a key part of Our Rural Future – the Government’s ambitious five-year strategy designed to reimagine and revitalise Rural Ireland. It is also linked to the Government’s ‘Housing for All’ strategy and the forthcoming ‘Town Centre First Policy’, which will be announced in the coming weeks. It is envisaged that the Plans will cover the importance of “place-making”, town centre living, the social and economic purpose of the town, and respond to emerging opportunities such as those linked to remote working, climate action and digitalisation.
Welcoming the announcement Chief Executive of Louth County Council, Joan Martin said “I am delighted with the announcement of funding for the development of a master plan for Dunleer. The community in Dunleer has a long history of engagement and working in partnership with the Council to maintain and improve the town centre and this funding will allow us to develop a plan for the future of the town with all stakeholders contributing. Ensuring that town centres are sustained into the future and are attractive places to live in, visit and do business in is a key priority for the Council”.