Masterplan for Abbey Creative Quarter

Kilkenny County Council is conducting a review of the Abbey Quarter Masterplan, and is inviting the public to participate in a survey to ensure that their needs and priorities are reflected in the revised Masterplan. The survey will be open for three weeks from Monday 21st of November to Monday 12th of December

Review of Abbey Quarter Masterplan - 2022

Review of the Abbey Quarter Masterplan and Urban Design Code:  Public Consultation

Phase 1: Public survey

Kilkenny County Council has just started its review of the Abbey Quarter Masterplan, first adopted in 2015. The Abbey Quarter is a once in a century opportunity to significantly improve the long-term liveability and economy of Kilkenny City. Much has already been done under the guidance of the current Masterplan, including the construction of the linear park, the refurbishment of the Brewhouse office building which is fully occupied and a new City Library, which is currently under construction. As the original Masterplan is now seven years old, a comprehensive review is needed to ensure this Masterplan is in line with current thinking and best practice and can keep driving effective decision making.

In order to ensure that your needs and priorities are reflected in the revised Masterplan, Kilkenny County Council invites all those who have an interest in the sustainable development of Kilkenny City to get involved in a comprehensive public engagement programme.

This first phase of this public engagement programme comprises a short online survey in the form of a questionnaire. The aim of this anonymous questionnaire is to learn what people think about the current Abbey Quarter Masterplan and where the focus of the new document should lie. This initial survey will be followed in the new year with further public events and stakeholder meetings.

The questionnaire will be open for completion for three weeks from Nov. 21st – Dec. 12th inclusive and is now live at:

Links for the questionnaire will be available from November 21st on this website and as well as on the Council’s social media channels. Paper copies of the survey are also available in the City Library.

We hope to hear your views and look forward to further future engagement on this important plan.

Denis Malone

Director of Services (Acting)


Abbey Quarter Masterplan, 2015

Kilkenny County Council approved a masterplan for the Abbey Creative Quarter at a Special Meeting of Kilkenny County Council on Friday the 31st July 2015, see below.

ACQ Masterplan (Full document; please note the large file size of 56 MB .pdf)

Masterplan broken into chapters:

Cover and Contents 3 Mb

Section 1 Introduction 2Mb

Section 2 Context 9Mb

Section 3 Analysis 11 Mb

Section 4 Masterplan Strategies 14 Mb

Section 5 Masterplan Proposals 11 Mb


Appendix A Kilkenny City & Environs Development Plan 2014-2020 Environmental and Sustainable Development Provisions

Appendix B Appropriate Assessment, Natura Impact Report, Strategic Environmental Assesment (SEA) Environmental Report , SEA Statement

Appendix C Archaeological Strategy

Appendix D Flood Risk Assessment

Appendix E Spatial Content & Process Principles

Appendix F Observations on Urban Code

Multimedia Brochure

Archived Material

Abbey Creative Quarter

(Former Smithwick's Brewery site and Bateman Quay / Market Yard area)

Notice is hereby given that Kilkenny County Council has approved a masterplan for the Abbey Creative Quarter at a Special Meeting of Kilkenny County Council on Friday the 31st July 2015.
A copy of the Masterplan, including a Strategic Environmental Assessment (SEA) Statement, SEA Environmental Report and Appropriate Assessment (AA) Natura Impact Statement, may be inspected at the following locations:

  • Archived Online at
  • The Planning Department, Kilkenny County Council, County Hall, John Street, Kilkenny during office opening hours of 9.00am to 1.00pm and 2.00pm to 4.00pm Monday to Friday.

The SEA Statement details:

a) How environmental considerations have been integrated into the Masterplan;

b) How the following have been taken into account during the preparation of the Masterplan:

  • the environmental report,
  • submissions and observations made to the planning authority on the Draft Masterplan and Environmental Report, and
  • any transboundary consultations [this is not relevant to this SEA]

c) The reasons for choosing the Masterplan in the light of the other reasonable alternatives dealt with; and

d) The measures decided upon to monitor the significant environmental effects of implementation of the Masterplan.

Maria Melia
Director of Services,
Planning Department
2nd October 2015


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