Uimhir Thagarta Uathúil: 
Irish Architects Declare

Volume One County

please see submission document attached

Main opinion: 

We believe that our proposal to integrate the ‘Green Factor Approach’ into planning policy should be included in Kilkenny City & County Development Plan and would address a number of the strategic issues as set out in the Draft Stage of the plan, as follows:

Strategic Issues:

• Climate Action – protecting cities against pollution, flooding and other climate risks.

• Quality Housing and Sustainable Neighbourhoods – providing quality housing and sustainable neighbourhoods.

• Green Infrastructure, Open Space, Recreation and Natural Heritage – developing more outdoor spaces for sports and play opportunities, while protecting our rivers and canals and parks.

• Sustainable Environmental Infrastructure and Flood Risk – including flood risk protection, water supply and good digital connections.

Main requests: 

We ask the Kilkenny Planning authority to use the Green Factor Planning Tool to develop more ecological, climate-resistant and denser urban areas in which the social values of urban greenery are a priority.

Main reasons: 

The goal of the Green Factor Approach or BAF is to mitigate the effects of development by maintaining sufficient levels of green infrastructure while enhancing the quality of the remaining vegetation. Integration of the BAF/ green factor approach into urban policy aims to improve the ‘urban ecosystem’ by promoting the green efficiency of vegetation and the conservation of sufficient green structure, whilst making towns and cities more resilient, sustainable and healthier places in the process.

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