Public information session on Kilkenny's Abbey Quarter this week

Event will focus on the Part 8 for the brewhouse, as well as a site 'Development Code'

Kilkenny People

Reporter:

Kilkenny People

Email:

sam.matthews@kilkennypeople.ie

ABBEY QUARTER

The new Abbey Quarter branding has appeared around the site in recent days and on the website www.abbeyquarter.ie

An informal public information session regarding Kilkenny City's former brewery site, the 'Abbey Quarter', will take place on Thursday evening.

The council is holding the event on two processes currently under way for the site, the first being a Part 8 proposal for the redevelopment of the Brewhouse Building. The second is the preparation of a 'Development Code' for the site.

Part 8 proposal: Brewhouse Building
A Part 8 proposal for the redevelopment of the Brewhouse Building is currently on display, and submissions can be made to the Part 8 until 5pm on Friday, December 8. Currently, the Brewhouse has planning consent to be redeveloped to allow for a range of uses including education, research and development and/or office use. The proposed Part 8 includes material amendments to  this existing planning consent. More details are available at consult.kilkenny.ie.

Development Code
The 'Development Code' will guide how development on the site will be broken down and what such development should look like. The code provides important planning guidance and direction in areas such as land uses and mix of land uses, built form and the nature and use of new and refurbished public spaces in the Quarter.

The Development Code will translate the strategies, objectives and vision of the 2016 Masterplan into criteria which will guide the nature and extent of development in the area and includes guidance on areas such as: Diversity, viability and vitality; complementing the city centre; variety, clustering and scale; key uses for the brewery area; land use mix; urban form; urban grain; urban scale; building design.

The council says the code provides greater clarity to the public, stakeholders and potential investors on the nature of planning and development outcomes in the Quarter. It says the code also provides a basis for setting priorities in terms of important projects in the public domain.

The code will be a material consideration when development proposals are being considered by the Planning Authority. The public are now being asked to comment on this Code, and the Council will consider all comments before adopting the final code.  

All stakeholders are being asked to review the code, and give their opinion on the content. Stakeholders include the people of Kilkenny, heritage interests, the business community, the tourism sector and any other interested party.

The public information session will be held on Thursday, November 30 in The Maltings, Tilbury Place, Kilkenny from 4pm-8pm. All the documentation will be on public display and council staff will be present to answer any queries.

All are welcome, and no appointment is necessary. You can make a submission on the night, or you can make a submission afterwards via these three options:

online at http://consult.kilkenny.ie/; or
by e-mail to ourplan@kilkennycoco.ie; or  
in writing to Denis Malone, Senior Planner, Planning Department, County Hall, John Street, Kilkenny. 
The closing date for submissions is noon on Friday, December 22.