Still time to have a say on Kilkenny's Abbey Quarter 'Development Code'

Submissions must be received by noon on December 22

Sam Matthews


Sam Matthews



Denis Malone and Fiona McHardy during the informal public information session at The Maltings, Tilbury Place in Kilkenny last Thursday evening

Members of the public and the local business community had an opportunity last week to attend a public information session in relation to plans for the former brewery site, now known as the ‘Abbey Quarter’.

The Abbey Quarter comprises 8.3 hectares, and the site is in roughly three sections — the Bateman Quay area, the former brewery lands, and ‘Sweeney’s Orchard’ (to the north of the bridge). A draft ‘Development Code’ is currently being prepared for the site.

The code is a bespoke planning document setting out various objectives. It is ‘complementary and ancillary’ to the Masterplan, and is non-statutory, but must inform the decision- making process around the site.

The code will guide how development on the site will be broken down and what it should look like. It will offer planning guidance and direction in relation to land uses, built form, and the nature and use of public

A copy of the draft ‘Design Code’ may still be inspected up until Friday, December 22 online or at County Hall or the Carnegie Library, John’s Quay, during opening hours.

Written submissions or observations with respect to the Draft Design Code, AA Natura Impact Screening Report and accompanying documentation made to the Planning Authority within this period will be taken into consideration before the making of the Design Code.

All submissions must be marked ‘Abbey Quarter Draft Urban Design Code’.  Submissions or observations may be made online here or by e-mail to or in writing to Denis Malone, Senior Planner, Planning Department, County Hall, John Street, Kilkenny.

Last week's session also saw information provided on the Part 8 process to redevelop the Abbey site’s former Brewhouse building; the deadline for submissions on it passed yesterday.