Cork – Strategic Planning and Sustainable Infrastructure

Cork – Strategic Planning and Sustainable Infrastructure

Cork - Strateic Planning and Sustainable Infrastructure

Cork has, over several decades, created an interesting ‘development coalition’ involving a range of public and private actors and has explicitly framed this as a ‘triple helix’.  A key issue of interest is the extent to which this has created an effective governance system capable of both effective co-operation and coordination between places and a more integrated approach to the planning and delivery of infrastructures that are increasingly inter-connected. 

The project will examine both the development and evolution of the Cork Area Strategic Plan (CASP) as well as other related examples of inter-agency collaboration that have a particular spatial and infrastructural focus.  This work will seek to explore a number of key themes and issues including:

  • Identifying the range of factors that have contributed to both the emergence of both a strong growth coalition in the Cork city region and a more coordinated and integrated approach to strategic planning and sustainable infrastructure development;
  • The horizontal and vertical relationships between city-region planning, local planning processes and national strategies;
  • The barriers to more effective and coordinated strategic planning in the Cork city-region;
  • The future role and contribution of sub-regional planning within the new national planning hierarchy and a more effective national policy approach to infrastructure; and
  • The key role of stakeholder engagement, consensus building and social innovation in identifying problems and helping to develop innovative solutions.

This study is being conducted on NESC’s behalf by Brendan O’Sullivan, William Brady and Jonathan Hall of the University College Cork.

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