To regenerate Castlepollard, building on the unique architectural heritage of the Town Square and Green, creating space for the community and visitors alike, restoring the Market House and delivering a Town Park, establishing Castlepollard as base, from where visitors will explore the many sights of North Westmeath, enhancing the towns critical role as an economic driver for the region.
Regeneration Project Description:
The project comprises 3 distinct elements:
The Market House itself will be renovated to accommodate both community and tourism facilities; The prestige of the green will be re-established; reintroducing the historical focal point of the town and establishing a centre for community, tourism and heritage purposes.
The provision of the centrally located multi-purpose Town Park with universal access will bring huge benefit to residents whilst also bringing added value to the tourist offering.
The development of a tourism brand and marketing strategy for North Westmeath, centred on Castlepollard and the surrounding attractions, such as Tullynally Castle and Fore Abbey, etc.
Westmeath County Council’s Regeneration Team has secured funding to bring the project to a shovel ready status, from the Rural Regeneration and Development (RRDF) funding. Further funding will be required in order to proceed to construction.
Westmeath County Council has appointed a Joint Venture of Cooney Architects and Keys Monaghan Architects (CAKMJV) to lead an Integrated Design Team for Castlepollard Town Park, Market House, and Public Realm. The consultant will aid Westmeath County Council in the design and advancing the Park, Public Realm and Market House elements of the project through planning consent.
The Community Needs Assessment that was carried out in October 2021 was well responded to, with 49 submissions received. The feedback received was given to the Design Team and proved invaluable in progressing the design proposals. Meetings with the Castlepollard Regeneration Community Forum have also informed the design proposals.
As of 25 April 2022, planning permission for both the Market House refurbishment and the Proposed Town park has been granted. The proposed developments are funded by the Rural Regeneration and Development Fund (RRDF) which is provided to support job creation in rural areas, address de-population of rural communities and support improvements in our towns and villages and outlying areas, as set out in Project Ireland 2040.
With Part 8 planning permission having now been granted, the next step in the project is to apply to the Rural Regeneration and Development Fund (RRDF) for Category 1 funding, which is funding for procurement of contractors and construction of the project. Announcements as to whether Category 1 funding applications have been successful are expected to be made in Autumn, 2022.
The proposal for the former Market House refurbishment is intended to positively enhance and regenerate the area with the development of an attractive and sustainable community hub for the benefit of residents, visitors and businesses and the creation of a place where communities can thrive.
Image: Artistic Impression of the Market House proposal viewed from Mullingar Road
Image: Artistic Impression of the Market House proposal viewed from The Square with St Michaels Church of Ireland in the background
Image: Artistic Impression of the Proposed Town Park with Castlepollard Library in the foreground.
The proposal for the Town Park and Associated Pedestrian/Cycle Link is intended to positively enhance and regenerate the area with the creation of an active, sustainable amenity for residents and visitors alike.
Image: Map showing the boundary around the proposed Town Park and lands for Pedestrian/Cycle Link to the Town Centre and to Castlepollard Community College.
The Design Team are currently investigating opportunities to make improvements to the wider Public Realm in The Square and further details will be made available in due course.
The Regeneration Team can be contacted at
Regeneration Project Team,
Westmeath County Council,
Áras an Chontae,
Co. Westmeath. N91 FH4N