Three regeneration projects in Celbridge, Maynooth and Naas
16 March 2021: Kildare County Council welcomes the recent announcement by the Minister for Housing, Local Government and Heritage, Darragh O’Brien TD confirming funding for five regeneration projects in the Mid-East region of Kildare, Meath and Wicklow.
A total of €15,642,624 has been provisionally allocated for Kildare County Council’s successful applications under ‘Call 2’, of the Urban Regeneration and Development Fund (URDF). These projects include the Maynooth Town Centre Renewal (€1,908,750), Naas Town Renewal Masterplan (€3,496,374) and Celbridge to Hazelhatch Link Road (€10,237,500).
“Yesterday’s announcement is the result of consistent hard work and commitment by local public representatives, local Councillors, T.D.s, and various Departments of Kildare County Council working together, and will provide for the delivery of these exciting and important development and regeneration projects across Kildare” said Eoghan Ryan, Director of Services – Planning & Strategic Development, Kildare County Council.
He added that while ‘’the Council is obviously disappointed that the proposal for Newbridge wasn’t successful, Kildare County Council did remarkably well in securing funding for three out of its four applications, and out of the total of five successful projects for the entire Mid-East region. I also want to take the opportunity to compliment the staff of Kildare County Council for the high-quality proposals submitted which contributed to this successful outcome.’’
Mr. Ryan stated that “Kildare County Council will work closely with the Department to progress the next steps of delivering on the arrangements and conditions of the URDF funding for the successful projects through the various stages of development, management and completion”.
Celbridge to Hazelhatch Link Road
The funding awarded for the Celbridge to Hazelhatch Link Road project is for the design, planning and construction of a link road between Celbridge Town and Hazelhatch Train Station and it will include a second vehicular crossing over the River Liffey in Celbridge. This project will provide essential infrastructure to support the expansion and development potential of the town centre.
Kildare County Council engaged in a non-statutory public consultation process on the routes for this link road which concluded on 11th March. It is expected that the preferred option for the route will be available by the end of this year.
Maynooth Town Centre Renewal
The allocation of funding for Maynooth will contribute to the important development of a Town Renewal Masterplan to bring identified projects to ‘shovel ready’ stage. These projects include, Carton Avenue, Main Street and adjoining laneways, St Patricks College entrance, Leinster Street, Courthouse Square, and the Harbourfield Park. The plan aims to maximise the development potential of Maynooth Town Centre through these key projects aimed at improving town centre living.
Naas Town Renewal Masterplan
This project will support the preparation of a Naas Town Renewal Masterplan for the historic core of Naas – the focus of which will be the historic core of Naas that will include the urban block structure defined by Main Street, Corban’s Lane, Friary Lane and Friary Road. This historic core includes the curtilage of the important St. David’s Castle, the attractive Church of Ireland Presbytery, the under-utilised amenity in the form of the stream and a range of under-utilised town centre sites.
The success of this application offers a unique opportunity to synergise the redevelopment of the area with the redevelopment of the former Marshalsea Shopping Centre site and the adjoining historic town centre sites.