Achieving Regional Equality – Urban Rural Dynamics in Irelands Southern Region
The National Planning Framework (NPF) and its corresponding documents—the Regional Spatial and Economic Strategies (RSES) and the Metropolitan Area Spatial Plans (MASP)—present the opportunity to strengthen Ireland’s four cities of Cork, Galway, Limerick and Waterford to achieve regional parity and balanced regional development. However, a challenge exists in moving from a competitive co-existence between each of these cities and metropolitan areas to one based on collaboration in pursuit of shared goals. Furthermore, little guidance to navigate the process exists.
Through a case study of Ireland’s Southern Region, this project observes, documents and theorises the development of metropolitan areas as they unfold to offer insight into historic and contemporary roadblocks to implementation of national and regional objectives.
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