Sustainability and Future Settlement Patterns in Ireland

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Current settlements and spatial settlement patterns are unsuitable for future progress towards sustainability in areas such as recycling, housing and resource usage. ?Sustainability and Future Settlement Patterns in Ireland? will provide a detailed and inclusive analysis of the relationship between Irish settlements and sustainable development. It will consider in detail the functioning and location of settlements, relationships between settlements, and the selection of sustainability indicators which are most appropriate for contemporary and future Irish settlements. A study of the relationship between sustainable development and urban settlement size was carried out by the Centre for Environmental Research, UL in 2001; ?Methodologies for Estimation of Sustainable Settlement Size?. This pilot project looked at 11 Settlements by examining 14 ?Ideal Sustainability Indicators.? The results of the study were used in the preparation of the NSS. In March 2002 a broader study of 80 settlements commenced. This 3 year ERTDI project consists of three separate yet interlinked UL research theses, which form the basis of a final report. This report will be used by the EPA, NSS & NDP. The theses concerned are titled: Indicators and Indices (Researcher: John Morrissey); Metabolism and Materials Flow (Researcher: Walter Foley); Simulation Modelling and Policy Implications (Researcher: John Leonard).

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Prof Richard Moles
University of Limerick

Dr. Bernadette O'Reagan
Centre for Environmental Research

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Resource Keywordssettlements and spatial settlement patterns
EPA/ERTDI/STRIVE Project Code2001-LU/CD-(2/3)
EPA/ERTDI/STRIVE Project ThemeSocio-Economics
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The assessments of the various elements of infrastructure in the choosen study area settlements are based on data provided to Forfás by infrastructure providers during 2001. This assessment will be subject to amendment going forward as planned investments come on stream and more up-to-date information becomes available. No attempt has been made to establish the investment required to bring particular elements of infrastructure to any town or to upgrade existing infrastructure within any town.

The contribution of John Morrisey, Walter Foley, and John Leonard should be cited in any subsequent usage of the data.
Number of Attached Files (Publicly and Openly Available for Download): 0
Project Start Date Wednesday 5th April 2000 (05-04-2000)
Earliest Recorded Date within any attached datasets or digital objects Wednesday 3rd January 2001 (03-01-2001)
Most Recent Recorded Date within any attached datasets or digital objects Tuesday 24th August 2004 (24-08-2004)
Published on SAFERThursday 10th May 2007 (10-05-2007)
Date of Last EditThursday 10th May 2007 at 14:26:09 (10-05-2007)
Datasets or Files Updated On Thursday 10th May 2007 at 14:26:09 (10-05-2007)

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To date we have collected data on each of the ideal indicators set out in the aforementioned pilot project for 80 settlements of varying sizes around Ireland. These towns were selected in clusters in order to enable investigation of town interactions and network effects between various settlements.

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Work undertaken as 3 PhD thesis work - part of 2001-LU Funding.
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Key Settlements Analysed:
Rathkeale, Newcastle west (Limerick)
Kilrush, Ennis (Clare)
Athlone Mullingar (Westmeath)
Tullamore, Edenderry (Offaly)
Longford (Longford)
Roscommon (Roscommon)
Portarlington (Laois)
Templemore, Tipperary, Nenagh (Tipperary)
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