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Kells Backlands

Client: Meath County Council (LAP) and Kells Development Co. (Planning Applicaiton)


Declan Brassil & Co. was appointed by Meath County Council to prepare the statutory Local Area Plan (LAP) to provide a comprehensive framework for guidance on future development within the Kells Backlands area. The Kells Backlands LAP was adopted by Meath County Council in December 2006. The LAP covers 79 ha (195 acres) and was tasked with resolving long standing obstacles to development within the town centre backlands including:

  • Provision of suitable access (both vehicular and pedestrian) to landlocked areas;
  • Alleviation of flooding to facilitate development on town centre zoned lands;
  • Provision of an urban design framework which encourages a natural extension of town centre streets into the backlands and infill areas;
  • Co-ordinated phased development to facilitate an extension of the town’s retail core into the backlands with residential development on following phases;
  • To promote the protection of the town’s architectural and archaeological assets (Kells is a designated Heritage Town); and
  • To provide a town centre square integrated within an overall open space strategy for the LAP area.

With the LAP in place, DBCL was engaged by Kells Development Company to prepare an Environmental Impact Statement, Retail Impact Statement and Planning Application for a large scale mixed use development which will provide a major town scheme inclusive of retail development of approximately 15,000 sq m gross floor area anchored by two national multiples, 248 residential units and a diverse range of smaller retail, leisure, restaurant and other mixed uses.  Permission was granted by Meath County Council and An Bord Pleanala on appeal in 2009.

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