The application for ‘Kilsheelan Revitalisation of Rural Villages: A Model for Cluster Housing and Low Carbon Planning’ has been granted funding under the Rural Regeneration and Development Fund from the Department of Rural & Community Development. This project was one of 24 landmark regeneration projects in rural communities across the country included in the allocation of funding totalling €75million announced by Mrs. Heather Humphreys, TD, Minister for Rural and Community Development on Monday, 19th April. Funding was also allocated in respect of the “Thurles Market Quarter: Regeneration through Recreation, Education and Support for Local Producers”.
The application was submitted by Tipperary County Council in collaboration and partnership with Tipperary Energy Agency and Kilsheelan Tidy Towns as a shovel ready project under Category 1 of the Fund. This project will provide serviced housing sites in Kilsheelan Village which will then be made available for sale to the public to design and build their own houses to a low carbon energy standard. The project also includes the development of a new public park in the heart of this picturesque village and a new arrival point for the River Suir Blueway. This initiative supports the delivery of housing in the village helping to meet the objectives of compact growth and sustainable living.
The project has been developed as a demonstrator scheme to show the practical implementation of Tipperary County Council’s ‘Design and Best Practice Guidelines for Cluster Housing’. The guidelines include a series of case studies illustrating how sustainable design solutions can be developed across a range of village types and site options. The ambition is for this project to be a model for serviced site developments across the County of Tipperary and indeed nationally. It will act as a catalyst to breathe life back into villages, promote rural living in Tipperary and contribute to economic development and recovery which is a key deliverable of the National Planning Framework.
The grant funding allocated to the project amounts to €551,854 and Tipperary County Council will provide match funding of €61,317 showing its recognition and commitment to the revitalisation of our villages.
Tipperary County Council looks forward to working in conjunction with Tipperary Energy Agency and Kilsheelan Tidy Towns on the delivery of this transformative project which will build on the many regeneration initiatives that have and are taking place in the village.