New motorway service station site identified on Ennis Bypass
Clare County Council publishes "significant new roadmap for the development of Ennis over the coming years”
22 January 2015
A new draft plan for the development of Ennis, Co. Clare has recognised a need for more “neighbourhood shopping facilities”, with sites identified at Claureen, Cahercallamore and Clare Road for this purpose. A site for a motorway service station at Junction 12 on the M18/Ennis Bypass has also been flagged up.
Clare County Council published the Draft Ennis and Environs Local Area Plan 2015-2021 (including Clarecastle), which it describes as “a significant new roadmap for the development of Ennis over the coming years”.
The new draft plan will guide the development of the Clare County Capital and its environs in terms of economic development, recreational and community requirements, as well as residential, retail, transport and infrastructural needs.
Key features of the draft plan also include the zoning of 110 hectares of land for residential purposes, the development of new local tourism and recreation amenities and the advancement of numerous infrastructure projects such as a new footbridge across the River Fergus and the rejuvenation of O’Connell Square.
Twelveopportunity sites have been identified in relation to the expansion/improvement of Ennis town centre. Lysaghts car park, Barrack Square and Barrack Street are identified as areas needing enhancement. Improving the appearance of the laneways in Ennis, enhancing Parnell Street and addressing vacancy rates are also prioritised.
The draft plan prioritises making O’Connell Square (the Height) a more attractive space and regaining a greater amount of civic and public space. It also wants to make the town centre a more pedestrian friendly environment.
Community groups, individuals and stakeholders are encouraged to make written submissions or observations in respect of the draft plan which will be publicly available to view at www.clarecoco.ie from tomorrow (Friday 23 January) and there will be a number of opportunities for the public to meet Council planning officials the following week.
A public consultation event will also take place at the Old National School Building in Clarecastle on Monday 2 February 2015 from 4.30pm to 8pm.