02 Jul 2022

‘Longford Nua’ for national planning award

Planning celebrated for “contribution to meeting long term national and local challenges”

Longford Nua

Noel Lee, Hugh Farrell, Patricia Shaughnessy, Philip Crowe, Aoife Corcoran and Mairead Ni Chonguaile, launching the Longford Nua app at Connolly Barracks last summer. Photo: Shelley Corcoran

‘Longford Nua’ the community mapping project for Longford town piloted last summer was among three projects shortlisted for the Participation and Engagement Award at the prestigious national Planning Awards hosted last night by the Irish Planning Institute (IPI).

The Longford Nua App was designed to enable community involvement so people in Longford could bring together their knowledge of the past and present of the town, and to re-imagine what is possible for the future.

The project was initiated by the URBACT Local Group, which is actively engaged in the regeneration of the town’s Connolly Barracks and was created in a partnership with social enterprise group ‘Space Invaders’.

IPI President Joe Corr praised the Longford initiative.

“The innovation shown is an excellent example of the diversity and wide scope of planning activity in Ireland today,” he added.

“The work demonstrates how planning contributes to quality of life in urban and rural Ireland and helps all of us meet the challenges we face nationally and locally in managing sustainable growth.”

The IPI is the representative body for Irish planners and planners in Ireland and the Awards recognise excellence under four headings – Plan Making, Participation and Engagement, Design and Planning and Economic Development.  

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