Carrick-on-Suir Regeneration Plan

'A Journey from the Suir Blueway to the Ormond Castle Quarter'

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Part 8- Planning Application

Pursuant to the requirements of Part 8 of the Planning and Development Regulations 2001, as amended, Tipperary County Council hereby gives notice that it intends to carry out the following development:


The proposed development includes for public realm refurbishment and enhancement in Carrick on Suir’s town centre comprising the upgrading of existing streets and lanes with new high-quality paving, kerbing, public lighting, improved street furniture and utility diversions/works (including undergrounding of overhead ESB cables). Footpath space will be widened, traffic calming will be developed through build-out, reduced road carriage widths and improved pedestrian crossings.

Existing car parks will be improved and new car parking spaces provided. The traffic management at the junction of Main Street and Dillon Bridge will change from a signal-controlled junction to a priority-controlled junction. Pedestrian movement will be prioritised by the design.

The development includes for public realm refurbishment and enhancement at Sean Healy Park comprising the development of a new vehicular parking area with entry and exit, footpaths and hard paved areas, widening of the Blueway and the development of associated landscaping and services/utilities to serve the proposed and future uses; the extension of the Suir Blueway along North Quays to provide cycleway and pedestrian linkages from Sean Healy Park to Ormond Castle and the town centre; the upgrading of Strand Walk with new paving and the development of a new access to Ormond Castle grounds and closing of the existing ramped access. Nature and extent of the proposed development is as follows:


Nature and Extent of Proposed Development

  • Carrick-on-Suir Town Centre;
  • Castle Lane;
  • Strand Walk;
  • North Quays;
  • Main Street;
  • Barrack Lane;
  • Entrance to (private) car park
    between 67 & 68 Main Street;
  • Chapel Street/New Lane;
  • Ball Alley Lane;
  • William Street;
  • Oven Lane;
  • Hotel Lane;
  • Strand Lane;
  • Bridge Street;
  • Cook Lane:
  • Entrance to Heritage Centre
    at Main Street;
  • Rowe’s Lane (a.k.a. Rose Lane);
  • Kiersey Place;
  • West Gate;
  • Greystone Street;
  • Well Road;
  • Sean Healy Park.
  • New streetscape layout for Main Street with new alignment design for footpaths and trafficked areas incorporating new paving, kerbing, hard and soft landscaping and street furniture.
  • Alteration of on-street parking for Main Street and other streets.
  • New surface finishes to laneways linking Main Street to car parks and the Quays and laneways off Main Street.
  • Demolition of a derelict building on Strand Lane to facilitate development of additional car parking spaces and an improved public realm.
  • Development of new surfacing and landscaping to Strand Lane/Oven Lane car park.
  • Development of a new vehicular carpark at Sean Healy Park adjoining the N24 accessed from the N24 and exiting onto Quay Rd.
  • Upgrade and widening of existing and development of new pathways and hard and soft paved areas in Sean Healy Park. Development of services and utilities to facilitate future development at Sean Healy Park.
  • Upgrade of surface finishes and alterations to the alignment of footpaths and trafficked areas along the North Quays from Sean Healy Park to Ormond Castle. New builds outs will be developed to calm traffic.
  • Upgrade of surface finishes and alterations to the alignment of footpaths and trafficked areas along Greystone Street and West Gate.
  • Development of sections of glass infill to North Quay Walls to open views to the river at the south of Oven Lane.
  • Upgrade of footpaths and trafficked area along Greystone Street and West Gate with new paving, kerbing, lighting etc.
  • Upgrade of footpath along Strand Walk with new paving and development of new access into Castle Park public open space. This involves development of new steps and a ramp and removal of a section of the existing wall bounding the Castle Park public open space.The existing ramp connecting Castle Park to Strand Walk to be removed and this access closed.
  • Development of associated drainage services and utilities.
  • Undergrounding of overhead electrical cables and upgrading of public lighting.
  • Development of EV parking spaces and associated infrastructure at Sean Healy Park and Strand Lane Car Park.
  • All associated site works.

The development has been the subject of an Appropriate Assessment screening in accordance with Article 6(3) of the EU Habitats Directive (Directive 92/43/EEC) and Article 250(1) of the Planning and Development Regulations 2001, as amended. The Appropriate Assessment screening concluded that the proposed development would not be likely to give rise to significant or indeterminate impacts on any Natura 2000 site.


Having regard to the information specified under Schedule 7A of the Planning and Development Regulations 2001, as amended, and based on an examination of the nature, size and location of the development, it is determined that there is no real likelihood of significant effects on the environment arising from the proposed development, and an Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA) is not required.

Plans and particulars of the proposed development, including Appropriate Assessment (AA) and EIA Screening Reports, are available at the link below and for purchase at a fee not exceeding the reasonable cost of making a copy, or for inspection by appointment at: -
  • District Office, New Street, Carrick-on-Suir, Co. Tipperary – Tel. 0761 06 5000,
  • Civic Offices, Limerick Road, Nenagh, Co. Tipperary – Tel. 0761 06 5000,
  • Civic Offices, Mick Delahunty Square, Clonmel, Co. Tipperary – Tel. 0761 06 5000,

between the hours of 09.30 - 16.30 Monday to Friday during the period commencing 5th August 2021 to 3rd September 2021 (incl.)

Or with no appointment necessary, plans and particulars may be inspected at: -

  • Sean Healy Memorial Library, Fair Green, Co. Tipperary during normal opening hours from Monday to Friday 10:00 to 13:00 and 14:00 to 17:00 during the period 5th August 2021 to 3rd September 2021(incl.)
Submissions or observations with respect to the proposed development, dealing with the proper planning and sustainable development of the area in which the development will be situated, may be made in writing to The District Administrator, Carrick on Suir Municipal District Office, New Street, Carrick on Suir, Co. Tipperary, no later than 16.30 on 17th of September 2021. Any person may, within 4 weeks from the date of this notice, apply to An Bord Pleanála for a screening determination as to whether the development would be likely to have significant effects on the environment.

Signed: Brian Beck,
A/Director of Services,
Carrick-on-Suir Municipal District, New Street, Carrick on Suir,
Co. Tipperary.
Date: 4th August 2021.

Click here to see full Part 8 Planning Application Documentation

Solving Our Own Problems

At a workshop held in November 2016, hosted by the Heritage Council and Tipperary County Council, a wide range of measures were identified for addressing the physical, economic and social regeneration of Carrick-on-Suir, including:

  • Focus on Main Street to become a desirable destination
  • Widen footpaths on Main Street to provide for a more pleasant shopping environment
  • Create more desirable weekend experiences- with the Castle as a hub of activities
  • Identify the town’s assets - the River Suir, the Marina, Ormond Castle, the Greenway, Cycling, etc.
  • Sell the town as a destination spot for day trippers using programmes and initiatives such as the Butler trail, The East Munster way, the Suir Blueway, etc.
  • Improve traffic flow on the Main Street as part of public realm enhancement
  • Improve awareness of parking options and orientation in general
  • Improve definition of town centre and central area zones
  • Improve the environment for cyclists
  • Improve access to Ormond Castle
  • Reduce dereliction and improve accommodation in the town centre
  • Develop pedestrian friendly zones in key locations with special emphasis on the historic commercial spine of Main Street
  • Continue the Greenway route into the core of the town where there should be facilities provided at the terminal point


The County Council has now appointed Malachy Walsh and Partners (Engineers) and Nicholas de Jong Associates (Urban Design) to prepare the Carrick-on-Suir Regeneration Plan, which actively draws on the ‘Solving our Own Problems’ programme. The Plan will focus on the public realm and urban amenity areas of the town centre with specific emphasis on linkages to the Blueway and the Ormond Castle, and helping to promote Carrick-on-Suir as a tourism destination.

The Regeneration Plan will primarily deliver the following two elements:

  1. Design and enhancement of the Suir Blueway from Sean Healy Park to Ormond Castle
  2. Regeneration, public realm design and enhancement of the town

Your ideas are needed to inform and shape this exciting initiative for Carrick-on-Suir.



Project Scope

During 2021 it is proposed, with your help, to prepare a Tourism and Heritage Regeneration Plan for Carrick-on-Suir. The overall vision is to prepare plans for the enhancement of the town as a visitor destination based on its potential as a key attraction in Ireland’s Ancient East on the Suir Blueway.

Key actions include:
  • Develop an agreed Vision Statement
  • Reduce vehicle dominance and improve pedestrian/cycle movement and junction capacity
  • Develop Healy Park as a water sports arrival point and community amenity
  • Attractive and easy linkages for walkers and cyclists between Healy Park and the Town centre
  • Ensure Main Street is a pleasant and safe place to be
  • Develop nodes of activity at key public spaces
  • Attractive and easy linkages between Ormond Castle
  • Quarter and Main Street
  • Continuation of Suir Blueway from Healy Park to Ormond Castle Park
  • Identify Town Centre location for second Digital Hub
  • Enhanced biodiversity through best practice in pollinator-friendly spaces and sustainable urban drainage design
  • Enhanced orientation throughout the town by creating a pedestrian and cycle friendly environment
  • Consistent high quality materials
  • Align existing Suir Blueway marketing with Carrick-on-Suir marketing
  • Climate action- opportunities for green design features
  • Measures to avoid anti-social behaviour
  • Opportunities to enhance public realm at night


Map Key
  1. Enhanced linkages between Ormond Castle and the central core.
  2. Sean Kelly Square Public Realm Enhancement.
  3. Possible second Digital Hub.
  4. Enhancement of the central core.
  5. Amenity improvement for Healy Park and linkages with Town centre.

What makes a great town?

Attractions help to define a town’s identity and comprise the range and diversity of shopping and other activities which draw in customers and visitors.
Successful centres need to be easily accessible by the surrounding areas through road and public transport networks. Ease of access within a town between public transport stops, carparks, and key attractions is also essential.
Health & Wellbeing
A healthy town needs to be a pleasant place to spend time in. It should be attractive in terms of environmental quality and urban design, it should be safe and it should have a distinct identity or image.

Carrick-on-Suir has much to offer...

Strong Vibrant Centre

  • Good selection of independent shops.
  • Cafes, restaurants and pubs
  • Safe environment
  • Pedestrian space
  • Accessible parking
  • Attractive waterfront

A Great Place to Visit

  • River Suir
  • Ormond Castle
  • Town Walls
  • Heritage Centre
  • The Butler Trail
  • Lingaun Valley
  • The Old Bridge

Festivals & Events

  • Clancy Brothers Festival
  • Brewery Lane and Strand Theatres
  • Maurice Davin Festival
  • Dick Meany Trophy
  • Farmers Market
  • Willie Loughman Forest Rally

A Great Place to Live & Work

  • Good selection of housing
  • Employment Opportunities
  • Strong Community
  • Good schools and healthcare facilities
  • Sports and recreation
  • Attractive environment

Riverside Amenities

  • Suir Blueway
  • Canoeing and kayaking
  • Angling
  • Walking/jogging/cycling
  • Bird watching
  • Public marina

Carrick-on-Suir has much to offer...

Mobility Options

  • National rail station with regular services to Waterford, Clonmel and Limerick Junction
  • Bus services to Waterford and Clonmel
  • Ring a Link to Grangemockler
  • Cycling and walking routes


  • Walkable town centre
  • Convenient off street car parking
  • A network of laneways
  • Main street spine
  • Safe streets
  • Signage and interpretation

Suir Waterway

  • Towpath Walking & Cycling
  • Public Marina
  • The Suir navigation to Waterford

Carrick-on-Suir has much to offer...
Health & Wellbeing

Community Facilities

  • Good choice of schools
  • Independent shops
  • Pubs, Cafes and Restaurants
  • Places of worship
  • Good healthcare facilities
  • Carrick-on-Suir Community Resource Centre

Good Access to Natural Amenities

  • Suir Blueway
  • Slievenamon
  • Comeragh Mountains
  • Mahon Falls
  • Close proximity to the coast
  • Glen River

Community Groups

  • Strong community organisations
  • Strong parishes
  • Numerous sports teams & clubs

Sports and Recreation

  • Sean Kelly Sports Centre
  • Carrick Davins, Swans and St Molleran’s GAA clubs
  • Carrick United AFC
  • Triathlon Club
  • Panduit Carrick Wheelers
  • St. Nicholas Boxing Club
  • Castleview Lawn Tennis Club
  • Strolling by the Suir

Next Steps

Timeline 2021

February: Appraisal and site surveys.

March: Contact with key stakeholders, including local groups and businesses. Launch of project website to gain your initial and ongoing views. Community engagement (SurveyMonkey)

April: Concept Development. Preparation of Design Options.

May: Public Consultation on Options.

June: Design Development.

July: Start Part 8 Planning process.

September: Seek funding for construction.

The timeline for construction will be dependent on the decision on the funding application.

Your Carrick-on-Suir


Let us know what you think

Please let us know what you think makes the town a great place to live, work and visit and what can be done to improve it now and for future generations.



The Survey has been closed.

If you have taken part in our Survey, thank you. The Survey is now is now closed. Any information provided will help in the preparation of the designs for the Carrick-on-Suir Regeneration Plan. All updates on the project will be published here.




Photography: Pete Smith