Hilltown Stud Zoning Submission
We work very closely with planning consultants on many of our projects. Recently we prepared a masterplan for Ireland’s first Eco Strategic Development Zone in conjunction with Ger Fahy Planning Consultant / McGill Planning. We submitted the masterplan and zoning submission as part of the Public Consultation Process for the Draft Meath County Development Plan 2020-2026 for 193 acres / 78 hectares of land at Hilltown, Co. Meath.
The proposal utilises the site’s optimum geographical location to create a new ECO city region, within Dublin’s Metropolitan area which is carbon neutral, where sustainable transport and mobility are the key drivers of economic development. A new Central Business District and railway station (on the existing line running through the site) is proposed at the heart of the development. Existing architectural heritage and protected structures including, the main house, outbuildings, gate lodge and stud are an integral part of the proposal, creating an attractive new town core/retail quarter and the creation of high-quality community and civic spaces for future residents.
The vision for the masterplan is underpinned by 3 key objectives:
- Sustainable Movement - Rail, Cycling and Pedestrian Movement
- Central Business District and Historic Town Core
- Community and Civic Spaces – an attractive place to live and work.
The vision in the proposed Eco Strategic Development Zone and Masterplan is for efficiency and integration of land-use, the creation of sustainable modes of transport and attractive places where people can live, work, walk and cycle and where there are realistic alternatives to the private car. The Strategic Vision is very ambitious and places Sustainability and Climate Action at the heart of its future development with a key objective to deliver a high-density residential development where the principle of “People First Mobility” is to the fore. We are hopeful that this vision will be adopted into the new Meath Development Plan and look forward to other exciting and interesting projects with Ger Fahy Planning Consultant and McGill Planning.