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Chamber Welcomes Plan For New St James's Gate Quarter

Oct 03, 2017

Dublin Chamber has welcomed plans by Diageo to redevelop around one quarter of its St James's Gate site in Dublin city centre as a new urban quarter.

Dublin Chamber, which represents businesses in the Dublin region, said the plans are a great example of sustainable urban planning and of re-imagining industrial land for the future good of the city.

The Chamber said the 12.6 acre St James's Gate site has the potential to become a hugely attractive place to live in Dublin and presents a great opportunity to rejuvenate the wider Liberties area.

Dublin Chamber CEO Mary Rose Burke said: "The St James's Gate site is one of the most iconic pieces of land in the city. It is fantastic to see that part of the site is being reimagined for a new era. Making better use of key land within the M50 is central to meeting Dublin's current and future housing and accommodation needs. I commend Diageo for their foresight in seeking to bring this proposal to life. This project should serve as an example of the type of thinking that is required in Dublin to ensure that dis-used locations are brought back life to meet the needs of today."

The Chamber said the St James's Gate site - located just 2km from O'Connell Bridge - will allow for the type of city centre living that is now in such high demand in Dublin.

Ms Burke said: "Getting people living closer to the city centre is a tenet of the current City Development Plan and also the draft National Planning Framework. Higher urban density will be necessary both in order to maximise the returns on existing infrastructure and to make future investment more viable. Getting people living closer to where they work also helps to relieve the strain on Dublin's congested transport system."

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