Members of the public are being invited to view the draft Shannon Town Centre Masterplan, which will be on public display from today, Monday, November 22, until Monday, December 20.
The Masterplan sets out a clear strategic framework for the renewed development of Shannon Town Centre, providing for a shared vision for its future development.
The first round of public consultation on the Masterplan took place during a seven-week period from 16th July to 3rd September, 2021. The feedback received during this public engagement has informed the final draft of the plan.
The Masterplan proposes to unlock development potential in Shannon Town Centre and guide its built and economic development.
Among the proposals set out in the draft Masterplan is the creation of an Innovation Campus in the town centre, an improved Main Street, the creation of a New Street and new Town Square, and the development of a ‘One Shannon Hub’ which will have multiple daytime and night-time uses.
Brian McCarthy, Senior Planner at Clare County Council, explained some of the key Masterplan proposals: “The plan will seek to influence and deliver real change for Shannon Town in order to make Shannon a more attractive destination in which to live, work and do business.
“It is envisaged that the improved Main Street will be an innovative take on the traditional main street of Irish towns and will contribute to a sense of place for Shannon. It is proposed to improve and make the existing R471 road passing through Shannon Town Centre more pedestrian friendly while also continuing to provide for car and bus routes.
“Shannon Town Square will underpin a new identity for the town centre as a focal point for the community. The new Town Square will expand on the existing square with its chapel and will be fronted by a multi-purpose civic, theatre and Local Authority offices at the proposed One Shannon Hub.
“One Shannon Hub will be a place with multiple uses to ensure activity throughout the day and night. It is proposed by Clare County Council to create a civic building which will combine as a town hall, a performing arts venue, and a flexible working and innovation space. This three-in-one approach will merge community, cultural and civic uses, with Council offices relocated to the heart of the town, and will reinforce the commitment by the local authority for a town centre presence. Taken together with the proposed Innovation Campus in the town centre, these projects will provide a significant opportunity to create a vibrant Shannon Town Centre.”
The Masterplan makes provision for a range of high-quality urban town centre living areas, enhancement of connections to the estuary and preservation and enhancement of the amenity of the Town Park, as well as an implementation roadmap for its delivery.
The Masterplan is at the concluding stages of development. It is intended following consultation that the Masterplan will be adopted in January 2022 and an application for funding under the Urban Regeneration and Development Fund (URDF) will be made to Government in the new year for implementation of the plan.
Copies of the draft Shannon Town Centre Masterplan and associated environmental documents are available from Monday, 22nd November, 2021, on the Clare County Council website (www.clarecoco.ie) and at the following locations:
- Clare County Council, Economic Development Directorate, Clare County Council, Áras Contae an Chláir, New Road, Ennis. V95 DXP2
- Shannon Municipal District, Town Hall, Shannon, Co. Clare. V14 HF20
- Sean Lemass Public Library, Shannon Town Centre, Shannon, Co. Clare. V14 WK50.
Please check the Council’s website or call for arrangements to access to these buildings as appointments may be necessary having regard to prevailing Covid-19 precautions.
Submissions and observations on the draft Shannon Town Centre Masterplan and associated environmental assessments may be made by email to firstname.lastname@example.org identifying “Draft Shannon Town Centre Masterplan” in the subject line, or in writing to:
- Draft Shannon Town Masterplan, Economic Development Directorate, Clare County Council, Áras Contae an Chláir, New Road, Ennis, Co. Clare. V95 DX92.
Submissions or observations must be made in writing from Monday, 22nd November, up to 4:00pm on Monday, 20th December, 2021.
Please note that submissions or observations received are subject to meeting requirements under relevant data protection legislation. All submissions and observations received will be subject to Freedom of Information legislation.