Sunday 17 June 2007

A Masterplan for Shannon - Public to be Consulted on Rejuvenation of Clare's Second Largest Town

Shannon, County Clare, Ireland, Wed 13th June 07 - Members of the public are being invited to help prepare a masterplan for the rejuvenation of County Clare's second largest town. Strictly dealing with land-use issues, the masterplan will seek to guide and facilitate the future development of over 90 acres of land in the centre of Shannon Town, as identified in the South Clare Economic Corridor Local Area Plan 2003.

The key objectives of the masterplan include the provision of new civic landmark facilities for Shannon, the creation of an attractive and durable urban public domain of streets and squares, a town centre built on excellent public transport linkages, and a living town centre with residential development integrated with commercial and employment uses. The masterplan also aims to diversify the range of commercial uses and activi­ties, and support a vibrant town centre atmosphere daytime and evening.

Murray Ó Laoire Architects, in association with property consultants DTZ Sherry Fitzgerald and consulting engineers White Young Green are to prepare the masterplan, on behalf of Clare County Council. As part of the process a public information and consultation evening will be hosted in the Oakwood Arms Hotel, Shannon from 6:00 - 8:30 p.m. on Thursday 28th June 2007. The Masterplan team will also be available to meet by appointment with representatives of local community groups during stakeholder clinics on June 28th in the offices of Shannon Town Council.

"The purpose of the masterplan is to conceive an overall vision, planning framework and design guidance on the best potential development of the lands as an extension of the town centre area in Shannon", stated John Bradley, Senior Executive Planner, Clare County Council.

He continued, "It is imperative that the local community is incorporated into any plans to develop the centre of Shannon. The upcoming public meeting will allow the local community to inform us of their economic development, recreational, social, community, residential, transport and infrastructural needs."

Submissions to the Shannon Town Centre Masterplan should be made in writing or email by 4:00 p.m. on Friday July 9th 2007. All submissions should be marked; Shannon TC02/TC03 Masterplan, Murray Ó Laoire Architects, Brian Merriman Place, Lock Quay, Limerick or they can be e-mailed to Submissions should state the name, address, and where relevant, the body represented. The Masterplan team will review all submissions and observations lodged within the above timeframe.

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