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Urban Regeneration and Development Fund (URDF)

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The aim of the Urban Regeneration and Development Fund (URDF) URDF is to support more compact and sustainable development, as set out in Project Ireland 2040, through the regeneration and rejuvenation of Ireland’s five cities and other large towns, in line with the objectives of the National Planning Framework (NPF) and National Development Plan (NDP). This will enable a greater proportion of residential and mixed-use development to be delivered within the existing built-up footprints of our cities and towns and to ensure that more parts of our urban areas can become attractive and vibrant places in which people choose to live and work, as well as to invest and to visit.

It is one of four funds set up under the National Development Plan 2018-2027. We have responsibility for implementing the URDF, which has an allocation of €2 billion under the NDP up to 2027, with €550 million available up to 2022 and €130 million available for 2020.

We have responsibility for implementing the URDF, which has an allocation of 2 billion euro in the National Development Plan (NDP) to 2027.

Under Call 1 in July 2018, bids were invited from all public bodies for funding support from the URDF. A total of 189 applications were received. The application process was competitive. On 26 November 2018, following an assessment process, Minister Murphy announced URDF support for a total of 88 projects throughout the country. A list of the successful projects is available to view.

Second Call

A second call for proposals under the URDF was recently announced

Call 2 is open to local authorities only, who, being the planning authority, are best placed to prioritise and integrate proposals in their operational areas. Collaborations with non-local authority partners are encouraged but in all cases, the lead applicant must be a local authority.

Important

I refer to Circular URDF 01/2020 dated 13th January 2020 regarding the Urban Regeneration and Development Fund (URDF) – Call for Proposals and Circular PL02/2020 dated 29 March 2020 regarding the operation of the planning and development system during the Coronavirus (Covid-19) Emergency. In light of on-going developments, it has been decided to further extend the deadline for the submission of URDF proposals under the second call to midday 29 May 2020. Application forms should be completed fully and emailed to urdf@housing.gov.ie by this date.

Any queries can be directed to the Planning Programme Management/Urban Regeneration Development Fund at urdf@housing.gov.ie or 01 (888) 2000.

Abbey Quarter Project, Kilkenny

Work has started at the Abbey Quarter Project in Kilkenny City. This project, due to be funded in part by the URDF, involves the regeneration of the former Smithwick’s Brewery site. The site will be converted into an urban quarter with commercial, recreational and community uses whilst enhancing the city’s medieval heritage. The Department plans to record aspects of this project from start to finish through online content. You can keep up-to-date with the project’s progress here.