The provision of social infrastructure in the form of buildings, facilities, clubs and the means of accessing and using services, is necessary for the development of sustainable communities. A wide variety of facilities are required including:
- Education – Primary, Secondary, Third Level, Training Centres;
- Care Facilities – health care services, nursing homes, childcare, special needs care;
- Leisure and recreation – community / youth centres, indoor halls, dancing studios, playgrounds, playing pitches and courts;
- Cultural – arts centres, theatres, libraries, burial grounds and places of worship.
The County’s population aged 65 and over is increasing (accounting for 11% in 2011 and 13% in 2016). The Government’s recent publication ‘Housing Options for Our Ageing Population’ recognises the need to plan for an ageing population particularly in terms of housing and health care.