Liberties / Coombe IAP

The Liberties / Coombe IAP relates to a 251 hectare portion of the South West Inner City which has a mixed use character and a strong sense of physical and social identity. By the 1990s he area had suffered from lack of investment, rationalization of industry and the loss of a middle-income population. Vacancy and dereliction were exacerbated by uncertainties regarding the Cork Street/Coombe relief route. Concentrations of social disadvantage within the area had contributed to its poor image.

The historic pattern of industry, housing and commercial existing in close proximity within the area generated the basis for sustainable future development. It has also bequeathed a rich archaeological, historical and architectural heritage that contributes to the urban framework of the area. Building on the strong sense of community that exists, these elements comprise some of the most important components of the IAP.

A large section of the south west inner city is included in the plan, from the Liffey quays in the north to the Grand Canal in the South and from Patrick Street and Clanbrassil Street in the east to St. James's Hospital and Rialto in the west.

The plan covers a wide range of issues from community and education to transportation to urban design. In producing the plan the corporation worked alongside the community and other public bodies.

Key sites are identified in the target areas for possible tax incentives designation. They are also the subject of a community levy for development and new residential schemes will be expected to provide a percentage of affordable housing. An enhanced 'Living over the Shop' package applies to the main streets in the area such as Cork Street, Meath Street, Francis Street and Thomas Street.

The Plan’s overall objective, like the others is to bring about sustainable urban regeneration by integrating physical, social and economic interventions to address key issues in the area.

Key Issues:

  • The absence of balance between physical, social and economic renewal.
  • The investment required to underpin the three pronged renewal approach.
  • The need to consolidate existing industries and develop new employment opportunities.
  • The need to improve the variety of tenures and quality within social and private housing.
  • The need for integration with the in centre in spatial and ego.comic and social terms.
  • The need to restore the mixed use culture to support a sustain- able community.
  • The need to address the absence of civic character, and the poor public domain and deficiencies In the building blocks and street pattern within the area

Renewal Strategies:

Land Use
To regenerate the mixed use character of Cork Street and Marrowbone Lane/Grand Canal Basin, the commercial network of Thomas Street, Meath Street and Francis Street to generate tourism and LUAS related activities.

To develop a target area approach, to devise an urban design framework for Cork Street/Coombe and Marrowbone lane, with models and mixed briefs for infill and key urban space development to prepare public domain guidelines.

To protect existing sustainable employment; to promote employment centres at Newmarket Marrowbone Lane/Grand Canal Basin; to promote local employment capitalizing on the presence of the National College of Art and Design, to promote real, tourism and enterprise infrastructure and the social economy
Education and Training

To promote the development of mainstream facilities through improved resources, expansion and coordination. to promote the implementation of the early school leavers initiative and to promote development of life long learning programmes.

Health Community and Amenity
To promote the development of locally focused health and welfare services on a coordinated basis, to promote the development of resources community facilities for all age groups, to promote recreational opportunities through improving the quality of existing amenities and promotion of accessibility and linkage of existing and future amenities.

To promote a sustainable mix and diversity of housing types and tenures, to implement the Area Rejuvenation Programme, and the estate management programmes in City Council estates, to procure new sites to devise a range of mechanisms for the deliver of affordable housing - to implement the living over the shop scheme and to promote residential refurbishment through a grant system.

Archaeology and Conservation
To protect the archaeological material and develop archaeology as a tourism attraction, protect existing listed buildings and extend the lists in consultation with 'Historic Heart of Dublin' to incorporate conservation into urban design guidelines) tourism Arts and Culture To improve access to a vibrant arts and culture senor; to promote links between NCAD, the National Museum, IMMA and the community and between Tourism and Art/culture to facilitate the development of work/performance space and public art. 
Transport and Movement
To implement the DTI and Development Plan proposals for the city and plan area and to develop environment traffic cells public transport QBC's, cycle network pedestrian linkages; to develop an urban corridor on Cork Street/Coombe that integrates well into the area physically and facilitates community life.

Renewal Framework Target Areas:

The strategies for renewal already outlined will be given physical and spatial coherence through a framework of target areas. Within these areas projects will provide a focus for the key strategies. The list of areas, and the role is as follows:-

  1. Thomas Street / James's Street - traditional main street
  2. Cork Street / The Coombe - mixed use permeable urban route
  3. Marrowbone Lane - urban mixed use street
  4. Francis Street - centre for antiques trade
  5. Meath Street - market street
  6. Bridgefoot Street - urban mixed use street
  7. Fatima Mansions - regenerated housing precinct
  8. Theresa's Gardens - regenerated housing precinct
  9. Dolphin House - regenerated housing precinct
  10. The Grand Canal - major amenity in the city open space network
  11. Cornmarket/Bridge Street./ Christ church - urban space and civic focus

Central strategies for each area are proposed and in the case of areas 1-5 sites are  proposed for tax  incentives under the l998 Urban Renewal Scheme.


Incentives - The range of incentives proposed is based on the able of commercial, industrial, residential and hotel incentives published by the DOE.

Social/Affordable Housing - Provision is made for a 15% requirement for social/affordable housing on sites on Marrowbone lane.

Community Gain Contribution - A development levy of 15% of the site value is attached to key development sites. This levy  relates to the plan area and invested in the provision of community and leisure facilities.

Area Occupier and Investor/Lessor - No more than 50% of all new build residential schemes in the plan area  qualify for investor/lessor capital allowances, and all new build schemes avail of full owner and occupier allowances.

Living over the Shop - A  Living Over the Shop incentive scheme covers Thomas Street/James's Street Dolphins Barn/Cork Street/The Coombe, Francis Street, Meath Street
Residential Refurbishment - A residential refurbishment package covers the plan area. This provides for a 100% tax allowance on a minimum outlay of 12500 euro on essential refurbishment

Urban Design Framework - Urban design framework plans exist for each target area. Models are included to indicate how the improvement of the public and private domain might be approached. These models observe key urban design principles in relation to functions, links, precincts, streets and blocks, within the area.

Posted by Reflecting City Team on Wednesday, September 17, 2008
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