Sandymount looks to the future - First Community-led Village Design Statement for Dublin

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The Deputy Lord Mayor, Cllr. Maria Parodi and Minister of Arts, Heritage and Gaeltacht, Jimmy Deenihan will launch the Sandymount Village Design Statement on Wednesday, 7th September, at 7pm, in the Sandymount Hotel.

The project is collaboration between local residents and businesses in the area in partnership with Dublin City Council and the Heritage Council, under the Heritage Council’s new community –led Village Design Statement Programme II.
It is the first Village Design Statement (VDS) for Dublin and follows planning policy set out in the new 2011 - 2017 Dublin City Development Plan.

“Sandymount VDS is a very exciting and innovative example of how local communities can become actively involved in environmental planning and management matters and in doing so creating a vision for the future of their village” said the Deputy Lord Mayor.

Commenting on the launch, Minister Deenihan said “The Village Design Statement programme aims to create a shift towards an environmentally aware and responsible society. The new programme will promote our national heritage, enhance our quality of life and develop a greater community spirit.  The Sandymount Village Design Statement has provided a successful example of how local people of all ages can become involved in local village planning and design matters. Such participation will enhance and revitalise their villages unique sense of place and identity which will also contribute to a formal planning and development system.”

Michael Starrett, CEO of the Heritage Council,  praised the work and dedication of those involved in the developing the VDS saying “this is a vital step for those who have chosen to be actively involved in shaping the future of their local communities and in identifying the heritage assets that  define what is unique and distinctive about their village. What shapes the character of Sandymount and what makes up this VDS is what matters to those who live and work in Sandymount and provides a working model for other communities who wish to have a say in the future planning of their urban villages”.

The Sandymount VDS Steering Committee sought and achieved the active participation of residents of all ages and stakeholders in the village setting out design principles for property owners, planners, architects and proposing new and exciting projects to enhance and promote Sandymount’s natural and cultural heritage.


Notes to the Editor:

The future projects are centred on the five core themes of the VDS, i.e, The Heart of the Village, The Stand and Promenade, Architectural Heritage and Development, the Public Realm and Green Infrastructure. Twelve projects have been identified and some of these include Village Green Enhancement, Historic Landscape Character Assessment and a Sandymount Greenway and Ecology Trail.