Review of Abbey Quarter Masterplan

Review of Abbey Quarter Masterplan - 2022/2023

Stages  in AQ review process

Review of the Abbey Quarter Masterplan and Urban Design Code:  Public Consultation 18.2.2023

Update: January 20th 2023 

Please see link here to a recording of the online event held on the 18th January. 

Presentation from Denis Malone, A/Director, Kilkenny County Council

Presentation from Liam Mannix, Associate Director, KPMG Future Analytics

Q & A 18.1.2023

Archived material 

Invitation to attend an online Public Engagement Event

Kilkenny County Council would like to invite you to participate in our online public engagement event as part of the review process.  

This will take place on Wednesday 18th of January 2023 at 7pm. You are invited to register for the event on, using the following link:

Once you register, a link to the webinar will be sent to you by return.

There will be four components to the webinar:

  • A short introduction to the project
  • Overview of the stakeholder engagement process.
  • Review of our public survey findings
  • Q & A session reflecting on the results of the survey findings.

The webinar is just one element of the consultation process. The discussions from the webinar along with the findings of the online survey will be fed into the review of the Abbey Quarter Masterplan.

When the draft document is published there will be three public consultation sessions (two in-person and one online). These are expected to take place in March. We look forward to seeing you online.


The Ourplan team


    November 23rd 2022

    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)


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