Julianstown and District Community Association are in the process of updating our Village Design Statement (VDS). .  

We have completed some of the projects in the VDS, but feel it is now time to re-visit this document and see what else we can successfully complete.  To this end we are meeting with Alison Harvey who is the Planning Officer of the Heritage Council of Ireland on Friday 29th April, 2016

Julianstown VDS


“Julianstown will grow into an attractive, safe and sustainable village.

Founded on its rich history and ecology, it will be home to a vibrant, creative and enterprising community, welcoming to all”



Original aims of the Julianstown Village Design Statement


  1. Protect and enhance Julianstown’s distinctive identity through its buildings, structures and landscape
  • Conservation / Restoration
  • Public Realm and Space Enhancement
  • Management of New Development


  1. To develop Julianstown into a Sustainable village with the amenities and quality of environment its community desire
  • New appropriately designed housing
  • Comprehensively tackling traffic issues
  • Interconnection of parts of the village
  • Introduction of new amenities and facilities


3. To bring a social and economic vitality back to Julianstown

  • Development of a strong, mixed use village centre
  • Attraction of investment and employment



1. The Welcome

Create a more welcoming village for locals and visitors alike


Define and celebrate entrance points to the village

Communicate the identity of Julianstown in a coordinated way



Create a meaningful and identifiable Julianstown brand          

Differentiate Julianstown’s brand identity/ as a destination focus on: environment/quality/community/education experiences and brand position.

Develop co-ordinated village signage  and a  clear “Welcome”                       

2. The Street

Tackle traffic & create better environment for pedestrians & cyclists


Reduce traffic volume and speeds Improve facilities for pedestrians and cyclists

Transform the character from road to street, via building frontages and streetscape design


Traffic calming: Introduce raised paved platform at crossing point/Duleek junction in conjunction with new traffic lights and safety barriers at Old mill house. E.g. Westport’s example of shared road surfaces…in Julianstown the car is king!!

  1. The Heart

Establishing a defined centre for the village



Prioritise new development within a close walking distance to the centre

Locate enhanced community facilities (indoor and outdoor) at the centre of the village

Provide improved connections between the centre and all other areas of the village


Re-development of mill buildings into viable commercial usage/ develop housing association/ community facilities

Natural Heritage/Adventure/Spiritual /Historical tourism

Development of campsite facility on mill site, new river adventure area with connectivity to RC community centre.

Develop educational excellence/after school facilities/ 3rd level linkage personal development and continuous learning.

Performance /Arts/Creativity/Events

  1. Our Heritage

Protect and enhance village’s historic features, Inc. the Old Mill



Conserve the fabric of historic buildings and monuments

Identify new, sustainable uses for old buildings

Enhance the setting of historic buildings and monuments

Restore derelict and vacant buildings

Communicate the importance of Julianstown’s natural and built heritage


Re-development of mill buildings.

Tell the story of historical importance of Battle of Julianstown in context to Failte Ireland’s  Ireland’s Ancient East initiatives

Improve access and linkage through cycleway/greenway and increase restricted access to River Nanny SPA and SAC areas.

Implementation of Julianstown 2016-2020 Bio-diversity plan

Build river connectivity to Sonairte and Laytown village public transport/ train station

  1. The Village

Providing new homes and managing growth



Manage sustainable growth of the village

Design new development to positively contribute character and reinforce distinctiveness of   Julianstown, in line with VDS principles

Follow a compact development pattern that makes the villagewalkable, reducing car usage


Re-development of mill buildings to include residential element in village setting/cottages style development through housing association development e.g. Respond

Improve access and linkage through cycleway/greenway

  1. The River

Improving the River Nanny as a place for people and wildlife



Conserve and enhance the biodiversity of the river and its margins

Manage flood risk from the river

Provide safe access to the river for leisure and education

Enhance the natural and built setting of the river


Improve access and linkage through cycleway/greenway and improve restricted access to River Nanny SPA and SAC areas.

Implementation of Julianstown 2016-2020 Bio-diversity plan


  1. Landscape

Safeguarding village natural setting and enhancing the environment



Protect and enhance the natural setting of the village

Retain and manage mature vegetation and landscapes

Improve village cleanliness and tidiness

Add new landscapes in association with new development


Improve access and linkage through cycleway/greenway and increase restricted access to River Nanny SPA and SAC areas.

Implementation of Julianstown 2016-2020 Bio-diversity plan

Deliver the actions for 2017 Bio-Blitz

8. Community

Nurturing a stronger sense of community



Support existing community groups

Identify opportunities for community networks

Build capacity of Julianstown & District Community Association


Develop clear set of actions that aim at fulfilling the JDCA’s overarching goals; including performance measurement, planning, resource management, and external relationship building. For the JDCA to have a clear idea of its purpose and strategy and build on good leadership and management.

Village Design Statement (VDS)





Julianstown Awarded Commendation for Julianstown Village Design Statement (VDS)

Julianstown Village Design Statement (VDS), which is the national ‘Pilot’ for the Heritage Council’s new community-led Village Design Statement (VDS) Programme II, has been shortlisted for the Irish Planning Institute’s National Planning. Awards under the category - Participatory Planning Award

The Julianstown VDS is currently being implemented by the JDCA with significant support from the Heritage Counci, Meath County Council and Meath Partnership (LEADER). Representatives from the Julianstown VDS Steering Group (SG shared the good news with the Meath County Manager-Tom Dowling at the County Council offices on Thursday 3rd November 2011.



Download VDS Book Below


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Type : pdf


Below our community coming together to design our VDS 


Julianstown comes first for Participatory

 Planning in National Awards!

Emer Dolphin Chair JDCA, Niamh Ui Lionsiagh, Jackie O'Shea and Clare McEnaney accepting Award for VDS Statement.



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