2.12 The preferred development strategy
The preferred development strategy includes the following:
- Achieving the critical mass in the Metropolitan Area Strategic Plan (MASP) area (Maynooth, Leixlip, Celbridge & Kilcock) and in the Key Towns of Naas and Maynooth.
- Measured growth with emphasis on economic growth in the towns identified as Self-Sustaining Growth Towns and Self-Sustaining Towns as per Table 2.7.
but the strategy is ambiguous in terms of how achieving critical mass will be balanced with measured growth in light of the fact that three of the four towns in the Dublin MASP are either a Self-Sustaining Growth Town (Leixlip) or a Self-Sustaining Town (Celbridge and Kilcock).
Table 2.8 - Settlement Hierarchy - Population and Housing Unit Targets Q1-2023 to Q2-2028
Includes “(MASP)” in brackets after Maynooth.
- It would be beneficial to do similar for Leixlip, Celbridge and Kilcock if, by virtue of their treatment in terms of housing targets differs from other towns on the same tiers in the Settlement Hierarchy due to their inclusion in the Dublin Metropolitan Area.
Sets out a 10% Housing & Population Target % for Celbridge despite classification as a Self-Sustaining Town.
- This only trails behind Leixlip’s target by 0.2% despite Celbridge being in a lower tier on the settlement hierarchy
- This is not matched by an emphasis on economic growth for Celbridge in the Draft County Development Plan
- Due to inconsistency here, this needs to be revisited for Celbridge