Historically the settlement of Ashford developed in two poles around Ballinalea and Nun’s cross, avoiding the central valley along the river. During the 20th century, the town grew in three main areas – along the main road (N11), at Ballinalea (such that these two areas effectively combined) and around Nun’s Cross. The current county development plan aimed to consolidate the existing built pattern in Ashford and create better connectivity by maximising the potential of large sites within the town core in order to create a distinct streetscape capable of meeting Ashford’s function as a town serving its immediate and wider hinterland population. The land zoned had potential to accommodate approximately 858 residential units and a large housing estate is currently under construction. There are a number of vacant and underutilised sites in the town centre which are undermining the town’s character. These sites are in need of regeneration.
What do you think?
- How would you like Ashford to develop in the future?
- What do you think are the main issues facing Ashford and how should these be addressed in the development plan?
- How can the town centre be regenerated and the range of services enhanced?
- Has the town been able to absorb recent development or are there any problems arising?