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Town Centre Health Checks

We are developing a ‘pilot’ trans-disciplinary National Town Centre Health Check (TCHC) Training Programme consisting of two workshops in September 2016 and February 2017 with surveys/mentoring period taking place during October–December 2016. The training will support the creation of robust Town Centre Health Checks for 10 no. Irish towns, which are linked to the statutory planning system, through the review of county development plans (CDPs) and Local Area Plans (LAPs).

This innovative national ‘Towns’ capacity-building programme is designed by, and for, Local Authorities, town centre businesses and local citizens/community groups, with close mentoring support from government departments and agencies, and professional practitioners and academics who are experienced in town centre revitalisation, urban design, and planning, heritage and environmental management in Ireland and elsewhere. 

This initiative is being developed in collaboration with the Department of Arts, Heritage, Regional, Rural and Gaeltacht Affairs, the Department of Housing, Planning and Local Government (DoHPLG), the Irish Planning Institute (IPI), the Irish Landscape Institute (ILI), the Royal Institute of the Architects of Ireland (RIAI) and third-level institutes.

Date: 29th September 2016, Naas, Co Kildare
Workshop Documentation

Workshop Pack pdf 2mb
Factsheet 1 Web Resources pdf 2mb
Factsheet 2 Sample Questionnaire for Shoppers pdf 117KB

Presentations from the day

Identifying needs and aspirations re Actions required in pilot towns – highlighted and recorded for ‘Workshop Report’ Alison Harvey

Video "Town" by Orla Murphy 

Shaping the Future of Irish Towns – Developing Adaptive Policies and Investment Programmes.
Martin Colreavy, Principal Advisor, DoAHRRGA

Reading the Urban Landscape (I): Understanding Townscape and Streetscape – valuing our built and cultural heritage. 
Paul Keogh, RIAI

Reading the Urban Landscape (II): The landscape and streetscape setting of towns and villages – Opportunities for improving urban spaces, introducing Green Infrastructure (GI) and valuing cultural/natural Heritage
Richard Butler, Irish Landscape Institute 

Creating Synergy & Energy
Leigh Brown, Perth Town Centre Manager, Scotland

Staying Relevant in a a Changing World
Richard Guiney, CEO, Dublin Town

Focusing on Vacancy – statutory instruments in Ireland – existing and emerging tools
Terry Sheridan, Principal Officer, DoHPLG

Using GIS and Mapping Vacancy – Geo-referencing + Crowd-sharing
Aoife Corcoran and Philip Crowe, Reusing Dublin:

The workshop feedback report is currently being prepared and will be uploaded shortly.