June 05, 2010

Ballymore Eustace Camera Club Formed

Ballymore Eustace Camera Club Inagural meeting took place recently at the Mick Murphy's Stage Inn.

Initial Participants have formed a committee. The Aims of the group were discussed.

1. To Promote interest locally in photography

2. The encourage young people in the community  to take up photography

3. To promote Ballymore Eustace as a special village


Notice will be posted here with contact details and details of the next meeting where anyone interested can get on board.

Deadline 28 June Draft County Development Plan 2011-2017


Draft County Development Plan 2011-2017

Kildare County Council are receiving submissions from various interested parties which will influence the future direction of development in the village - perhaps you might disagree with some of these arguments - are you interested in expressing your opinion? You should be! The draft plan is available on KCC website. REMEMBER this is a DRAFT plan, not the final plan. The final outcome will be the result of more representations being made by various parties, some of which you might not agree with. So the process is there, use it!

Draft County Development Plan 2011-2017

Ballymore Eustace which previously submitted to KCC a Local Area Plan/Development Plan, and for which it was intended to prepare an LAP/DP, is now included as a Village Plan in this Draft Plan:

You can view the draft plan at Áras Chill Dara, Naas, Co. Kildare  from 9am to 4pm or on www .kildarecountycouncil . ie

Observations and submissions on the Draft Plan and/or Environmental Report  may be made in one of the following ways:

Write to: Mary Foley, Administrative Officer, Planning Department, Kildare County Council, Áras Chill Dara, Naas, Co. Kildare
Email to: cdpsubmissions@kildarecoco . ie

Link to Kildare Co Council webpage Page containing Draft Plan Dhttp://kildare.ie/CountyCouncil/Planning/DevelopmentPlans/PreparationoftheDraftCountyDevelopmentPlan2011-2017/ocs

Link to Section 12 Architectural and Archaeological Heritage

12.8.3 Architectural Conservation Areas
It is the policy of the Council:
ACA 1: To investigate the designation of further
ACAs at appropriate locations throughout
the county to include Celbridge, Kildare
Town, Johnstown, Ballymore Eustace,
Kilcullen, Brannockstown,

Comment from Tidy Towns Adjudication Report 2009
"The Built Environment of Ballymore Eustace is a major asset to the village. In the view of the adjudicator, the strength of Ballymore Eustace is a combination of factors which taken together give a very distinctive and one of the most attractive villages in the county. Firstly, the number of high quality buildings on view mean that the streetscapes are original and distinctive – of particular note are Headons Bar, the Ballymore Inn, the Art Gallery and Paddy Murphys. Secondly, the fact that so many historical buildings have been retained means that the terraces of buildings are intact. This is a rarity in modern Ireland, particularly in the Greater Dublin Area and one hopes that the buildings can continue to be preserved. In view of the number of Protected Structures identified in the village, it is recommended that the option of establishing an Architectural Conservation Area in Ballymore Eustance should be explored with Kildare County Council."

Link toSection 14 Landscape, Recreation and Amenities

Link to Section 17 Village Plans and Rural Settlements

"VRS 2: To facilitate sustainable population growth
of the identified villages with growth levels
of up to 25% over the Plan period"


"VRS 6 To generally control the scale of individual development proposals to 10-15% of the existing housing stock of any village or settlement over the lifetime of the County Development Plan in accordance with the Sustainable Residential Development in Urban Areas Guidelines (2009). For example, for a village of 800 people, the typical pattern and grain of existing development suggests that any individual scheme for new housing should not be larger than 26 - 40 residential unit"