With reference to specific examples, to what extent hascommunity participation been successfully achieved in Irishurban planning and regeneration?
community participation, Irish urban planning
AbstractCommunity participation has been a successful dynamic in Irish urbanplanning and regeneration initiatives only to the extent that it has exposed thedebatable nature of the G
overnment’s structure and priorities with regards to
urban development. The power structures and drastically differing prioritiesthat are revealed in government initiatives when communities attempt toinfluence urban planning and regeneration in inner city Dublin appear distant
from the communities’ needs. T
he underlying purpose of urban planningcomes into question: is it there to serve the people or to create capital gain?This essay looks at two examples of urban planning initiatives in Dublin thathave attempted to involve communities in the urban planning andregeneration of Dublin: the Liberties/Coombe Integrated Area Plan and the
demolition plans of St Michael’s Estate.
By analysing the main issues facedby the community whilst trying to be involved in the urban planning andregeneration of Dublin this essay highlights the short fallings in the localauthorities and Government that meant the communities were neither correctly involved in the plans nor given the power to make a constructivedifference to the plans. In this way we see that the extent to which communityinvolvement in urban planning and regeneration were successful was severelylimited by the structure and underlying priorities of the Irish Government andsociety as a whole.Fundamentally, the process does not allow for the involvement of thecommunities that require the most help. The structure and the system are setup to favour those with money, expertise, time and resources, thus work