The Moycullen Village Plan was conceived to change how residents of a place interact with planning decisions regarding that place. In so doing, it is placing the resident at the very centre of the process. With the help of support from the Irish Research Council and NUI Galway, we have set about changing the way we think about planning and placemaking. This has been achieved through an extensive engagement process that has taken place over six months.

The Village Plan set out to develop a methodology to encourage the broadest possible public engagement in planning for the future development of a village from the bottom up. Part of this methodology involved the development of the ‘Village Plan’ App which introduced users to the environmental and social consequences of planning decisions. Over the course of six months, the project collected the wishes and wants of over 800 residents (close to 50%) of the village.

a map showing the location of the community centre