Section 4: Rosslare Strand Specific Objectives

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4.1 Historical Development

Rosslare Strand, or simply Rosslare (Irish: Ros Láir, meaning "the middle peninsula"), is a village and seaside resort in County Wexford, Ireland. The name Rosslare Strand is used to distinguish it from the nearby community of Rosslare Harbour, site of the Rosslare Europort.

Little is documented for the main built up area of the settlement that exists today until early modern history and its development and popularity as a holiday resort was likely influenced by the introduction of the railway line on 24 June 1882 before which its primary functions were associated with the fort and fishing. In 2010 the Waterford line ceased completely and only the Dublin- Rosslare Europort line remains open.

A long sandspit stretching north from Rosslare separates Wexford Harbour from the Irish Sea. Until the early 1920s, this spit stretched for many miles north, almost touching the Raven Point and giving a very narrow mouth to Wexford Harbour. At the end of the spit was a small fort called Rosslare Fort. Once Rosslare Fort stood as a sentinel, its guns defending the narrow approaches to Wexford Harbour. In the winter of 1924-25 a storm breached the spit and it was gradually washed away. The fort was abandoned and now all that is left is an island at low tide. Most maps of Ireland, however, still show the long spit of sand.

4.2 Existing Urban Structure and Character

Rosslare Strand has developed in an organic dispersed pattern predominantly in a linear form along the coast line spreading out around the core of the village centre (primary hub). Two separate hubs with different functions/service provisions have developed in the settlement. One at the bottom of main approach road/route R740 into the core of settlement which could be considered primary hub (village centre).

A secondary hub serving community related functions in the northern section of the settlement.

Buildings in the primary hub provide some street continuity with stronger street frontages.  Away from this area buildings largely sit on independent plots set back from the road giving a weak sense of enclosure and weak urban form. Some infill sites in more recent years have added building lines to the village and a more coherent and compact urban form. On the periphery of the villages there are a number of housing estates built in the last 20-30 years which are predominantly detached and semi-detached single and two storey buildings. Some of these estates are at a distance from the main hubs of the village and there are opportunities to infill to create a stronger urban structure and tighter grain in the village.

4.3 Profile

4.3.1 Settlement Hierarchy

Rosslare Strand is designated as a Level 3 Service Settlement in the Core Strategy Settlement Hierarchy. Levels 3 settlements are important service settlements for their local communities and their wider rural hinterlands. Some of these settlements are important contributors to economic activity in the county including Rosslare Strand which is a prominent and highly accessible tourist resort and a strong local settlement.

 The settlement performs important functions including retail, leisure, hospitality, education, residential, service and amenity functions. The Development Approach for these settlements is set out in the Core Strategy, and is summarised here in Section 4.4.2.

The RSES highlights the importance of innovation and the development of networks between towns and villages to complement their more traditional roles. The RSES also supports the Department of Rural and Community Development’s Action Plan for Rural Development (APRD) which seeks to increase tourist numbers to rural Ireland, support sustainable jobs through targeted rural tourism initiatives, develop activity tourism and leverage natural and built heritage assets.

4.3.2 Population

The total population recorded in Census 2016 for this settlement was 1,620.  The total housing stock was 1,599, of which vacant households (excluding 949 holiday homes) numbered 54. In 2016, 21.5% of the population were aged 65 and over. This is significantly higher than the county average of 14.7%. It can be attributed to the popularity of the area as a retirement location. The population of the remaining age cohorts are below the county’s averages. In the summer months the population rises substantially.

4.3.3 Employment

Employment in Rosslare Strand is dominated by tourism related businesses. Many of these businesses however do not stay open year round and there has been frequent turnaround due to seasonality of the resort not only affecting year round amenities but also year round access to employment and services for local residents. Census 2016 records that there is a significantly lower rate of the resident population working in Manufacturing and Construction sectors than in the County, an average rate in Commerce and Trade and above average in Public Administration. The settlement is above the County average in terms of representation of Managers, Directors and Senior Officials and Professional Occupations.

Local shops and services form an important part of the economic, social and community wellbeing of the area and reduce the need to travel to Rosslare Harbour or Wexford for day-to-day shopping needs. According to Census 2016 42% of the working population of Rosslare Strand Settlement work in or within 15 minutes of their homes.

4.3.4 Existing Land Uses

There is a variety of land uses in the area and very good infrastructure of social and community facilities serving the village and its hinterland characterised by retail, hospitality (hotels, restaurants, public house, and cafes), leisure, community, residential and education as follows:

Primary School, Church, Public Houses Restaurants, Cafes and Takeaways Hotels (Kelly’s Resort Hotel & Spa and Coast Hotel), Caravan/Mobile Home Parks Doctor surgery, Community/Sports Centre/Playgound complex (with tennis courts, pitches, running track, bowls green, crazy golf, community garden), Crèche & Montessori School, Cois Barry/Mara Community Centre, Golf Club (with 18 hole, 12 hole, driving range and clubhouse), Pharmacy, Beauty Salon, Hairdressers, Convenience Shops and Post Office.

4.3.5 Education

The local primary school is located at the northern hub adjacent to the community centre, crèche, playground and sport amenity centre. It had an enrolment of 204 pupils for the 2019/2020 school year.  The school has been extended in recent years and has sufficient lands available to facilitate future extensions, if required. It grew by one third since 2011.

There is no post primary school in the settlement and the Department of Education and Skills have not identified a need for one. Post primary education for local students is provided for in Wexford Town (c. 13km) or Bridgetown (c. 15km)

4.3.6 Infrastructure

There is public waste water treatment plant serving Rosslare Strand. It has a capacity of 8,500 P.E and as of April 2020 and there is some available headroom which affords modest scope to develop the settlement. However the current capacity of the system varies significantly due to the seasonal nature of the occupation of the village meaning that there are some limitations to the available capacity.

The area is also served by public water from the Fardystown Regional Water Scheme, and as of April 2020 it too has capacity to accommodate new development.

4.3.7 Vacancy and Under-Utilised land

There are a number of vacant and/or under-utilised/opportunity sites within the settlement area. There are a number of sites in need of regeneration in the settlement including:

  •  A site with derelict chalets on Station Road.
  •  A site with derelict chalets beside Garda Station at south end of Strand Road.
  • Car park sites either side of entrance into Cedar Court opposite Coast Hotel.
  • The Iona site and abandoned house adjacent.

All other sites are either vacant greenfield sites or used for agricultural purposes.

There are currently 4 no. vacant retail units;

  • Former Sur La Mer Chipper
  • Former Bookmakers Office
  • Former Art Gallery
  • Former Café

4.3.8 Built and Natural Heritage

There are only 3 structures listed on Record of Protected Structures in the settlement of Rosslare Strand as follow:

  • WCC1317 St Bridgid’s Convent
  • WCC1372 Rosslare Cottage
  • WCC1373 Train Station Building

Features recorded on Archaeological Survey of Ireland:

  • Rosslare Fort (WATO) WX01838
  • Martello Tower(MATO) WX01837
  • STSF WX01835
  • Noan WX01844
  • St Breagh’s Church (no remains) WCC02219
  • Holy well WX02220
  • Noan WX02222
  • Site of Windmill WX04238

Natural features/protections:

  • Wexford Harbour Geological Site (WX042)
  • Wexford Harbour and Slobs SPA (004076) & NHA (000712)
  • Slaney River Valley SAC (000781)

4.3.9 Flood Risk

The SFRA identified that flood risk is present along the western fringe of the village, predominantly linked to a tidal influence. Existing development is at risk in the northwest corner of the settlement. Rosslare will be sensitive to increase in sea level, particularly along the western boundary. Any new development should follow the guidance provided in Section 4.4 to 4.11 of the SFRA.  In general the sequential approach should be followed and Flood Zone A/B should be avoided for any highly or less vulnerable development.All future planning applications will be screened for flood risk, and may require the submission of an appropriately detailed site-specific flood risk assessment.

Figure RS-1 Flood Risk in Rosslare Strand

Source: Volume 11 Strategic Flood Risk Assessment

4.4 Development Strategy

4.4.1 Strategic Aim

The Council’s aim is to focus on Rosslare as a prime, quality tourist destination with a vibrant year round population and economy. The interdependence between the village and the area’s natural environment, particularly the beach, will be promoted and maximised.

4.4.2 Core Strategy Development Approach

As outlined in Section 4.3.1.Rosslare Strand is designated as a Level 3 Settlement in the Core Strategy. The development approach for these settlements, which is set out in the Core Strategy, is summarised here:

  • Focus on moderate population growth.
  • Apply the sequential approach to the development of land, requiring residential development to take place within the existing footprint of the settlements. The leap frogging of infill/brownfield lands to undeveloped or greenfield lands will not be considered.
  • Promote economic and enterprise development appropriate in scale to the settlements.
  • Focus on the regeneration and renewal of these settlements.
  • Ensure that new development contributes to the creation of attractive, liveable, well-designed, high quality settlements and the local communities enjoy a high quality of life and well-being. 
  • Support community organisations who are working to develop community facilities and promote and facilitate initiatives in the public realm.
  • Protect and enhance amenities, heritage, green infrastructure and biodiversity in these settlements.

Additional Strategic Objectives specific to Rosslare Strand include:

  • To ensure flood risk is effectively managed and that development is avoided on lands identified at risk of flooding.
  • To avoid contributing to coastal erosion and support appropriate mitigation measures.
  • To protect and enhance coastal habitats and species within and adjacent to the settlement.
  • To recognise that while the beach and natural environment are and will remain the principal tourism resources, there is a need to extend the range of facilities, both indoor and outdoor and to tackle the problem of seasonality.
  • To developing a comprehensive tourism package through partnership with the various agencies and the local community including the development of sustainable projects in the area.  As part of this package and in order to upgrade the quality of the tourism product, further provision of traditional facilities and accommodation such caravan/mobile home parks will be discouraged.  

Having regard to the important role as a centre for tourism, leisure, hospitality and local service provision it has been allocated 30% population growth for the period 2016-2040.

4.4.3 Settlement Structure and Development

The plan aims to develop a strong and coherent settlement structure. This will be implemented by developing a Place concept, Route concept and Landscape concept which builds on the existing places, routes and landscape structure. Place Concept

Rosslare has developed in a linear form extending inland from the coast line following the main routes with a number of distinct ‘places’ in the combined settlement as follow:

At bottom of main approach road/route R740 into the core of the settlement which could be considered the primary hub (village centre) which includes:

  • Main public car park with public toilets and beach access;
  • Convenience Shop and Post Office, Pharmacy, Restaurants, Cafes, Takeaway, Public House and Hairdressers;

And in the northern section of the settlement where community related amenities are clustered which includes:

  • RC Church, School, Crèche, Playground, Community and Sport Centre, Doctors Surgery and Golf Club further north.

The proposals for Place Concept are:

  • To consolidate the primary hub/village centre as the focus for retail and services development.
  • To improve the ‘place’ quality of the village centre and the main route through the settlement along R740 and both north (L-3049) and south (L-7101) along Strand Road. The quality of architecture in these locations will be required to be high to create a sense of arrival to this unique tourist destination.
  • To work with the local community to deliver improvements to the public realm in the settlement as resources allow.
  • To ensure that development along the coastline provides a positive and strong aspect when viewed from the sea. Development should not back onto any coastal paths or open spaces.
  • To improve the legibility and strength of the edges in the main spaces of the settlement and to create a sense of enclosure in accordance with the urban design strategy below and chapter 5 Towns and Villages. Route Concept

The existing Route Structure is made up of the following:

  • The spine of the route structure is R740 which forms the main access/entry into the settlement from N25.
  • Local roads and streets-serve the rest of settlement;
  • The L-3049 (Strand Road) runs from the corner of R740 (Station Road north all the way to the tip of the burrow.
  • L-7101 runs from the corner of R740 (Station Road) south towards Mauritiustown all the way up to T junction to R736 Ballybro Road.
  • L-7100 (Grange Road) runs from L-3049 at junction north junction with Coast Hotel back up to meet R740.

For the most part the route structure and permeability of the settlement works well in central areas but the outskirts are less permeable reducing opportunities to make trips by sustainable modes. There are a lack of footpaths at key locations through the area, most notably in large sections along the L7100 (Grange Road) and the L-7101 and in particular at the bridge on the L-7101 and the bridge on the R740.

The proposals for Route concept are to:

  • Ensure that the routes are designed in accordance with their designated status of Arterial, Link and Local as per Section 5.9 of Chapter 5 Towns and Villages and Section 6 of the Development Management Manual).
  • There are no Arterial routes in Rosslare Strand.  
  • Link routes are roads which link to the Arterial roads and with places usually outside the settlement , the R740 and R736 which both link to the N25 are Link routes
  • Local routes are the routes which provide access within communities and to link Arterial and Link routes. These are roads and streets, and can serve individual developments, lanes and alleys. The local roads (L-3049, L-7101 and L-7100) and all other streets and lanes in Rosslare Strand are Local Routes.
  • As well as detailed road design and movement function, the type of route will inform the design, building line/frontage, building type, building height, density and landscape treatment(see DM Manual). However, having regard to the prevailing heights in the villages the buildings heights shown on the route types will likely have to be moderated.
  • Ensure that development along the route reflects the ‘movement’ function of the route and the ‘place’ function of the various ‘places’ it passes through.
  • Make retrospective links within the community in consultation with the residents of the settlement.
  • Ensure that access is provided to back lands and that no development will prevent an opportunity to make a required link. Landscape Concept

Existing Landscape Structure

The Regional Road (R740) provides the main access and approach to the settlement and runs through the central spine of the area to the coast and main beach access with public car park and adjoining open green space. The coast/beaches and adjoining coastal habitats run along the whole length of the settlement. The beach also forms an important element in the landscape structure of the village being an amenity for active and passive recreation and an important area for biodiversity.

There are slobs and wetlands at one end and agricultural hinterland on the other two sides. Other spaces in the villages are made up of public spaces on the beaches and along L-3049 (Strand Road), open spaces in residential areas and agricultural lands in between.

A small ‘access for all’ garden is also located in the northern part of the settlement together with the Community and Sports Centre. The award winning local tidy town’s community have made ample opportunity throughout the settlement to avail of any spaces to enhance the planting, biodiversity and appearance of the settlement.

An 18-hole golf club with clubhouse and a driving range and smaller 12 hole course are located in the northern part of the settlement and are another significant element in the landscape.

The landscape concept for the village is largely based on adding to the significant work of the residents and business owners to date.

The proposals for the Landscape concept are:

  • To support the community in the implementation of public realm improvements with the aim of achieving a consistent treatment for landscaping and, in particular, street trees in the settlements to add to coherence.
  • Link the various elements that comprise the existing landscape structure, the parks, beach and trail to allow for the dispersal of species and improve visual amenity. This will be achieved either through the provisions of planting or by requiring green linkages throughout new development to link to other greens spaces and corridors in the village.

4.4.4 Access for All and Age Friendly

As discussed in Section 4.3.2, 21.5% of the settlement’s population was over 65 years old in Census 2016. This is attributed to the attractiveness of the area as a place to retire to. The future planning of the settlement needs to carefully consider this and the needs of all users, including older people. The Planning Authority will assist developers and local community groups to ensure that this is achieved.

Access for All and Age Friendly Objective

It is the objective of the Council to:

Objective RS01

To ensure the future planning of the settlement addresses the needs of all users and residents, including older people. The principles of universal access for all will be applied to all developments including public realm and environmental improvements carried out by the local authority or local community groups in the settlement.

4.4.5 Urban Design and Public Realm

As discussed in Chapter 5 Towns and Villages, good urban design is a key component of compact growth and place making, ensuring that places are attractive to live, work and visit. In accordance with the Strategy outlined in Section 5.5 of Chapter 5 Towns and Villages, key place making objectives for Rosslare Strand are to:

  • Provide for quality in the design of buildings and places (Quality).
  • Ensure that future urban development has a coherent urban structure, is permeable and places people at the heart of the design of streets and public realm (Connected).
  • Ensure that future development is compact and rejuvenated (Compact).
  • Ensure that development is vibrant, inclusive, resilient and adaptable.

Objective RS02

To focus on the rejuvenation of Rosslare Strand and improvements to the visual appearance; creating a welcoming environment: public realm, streetscape, cleanliness.

Objective RS03

To protect and promote the sense of place, its culture and the quality, character and distinctiveness of this important coastal landscape that makes Rosslare Strand such an attractive place to live in, work in and visit.

Objective RS04

To consolidate the existing built environment in a manner that enhances the coastal setting, character and of the area.

Objective RS05

To ensure that all new developments employ a high standard of urban design, layout and finish and require sensitive and high quality architectural design for infill and brownfield developments in the village centre. The design and layout of any new development should be respectful of the area’s context, streetscape and coastal setting and should provide for a strong and active street edge and sense of enclosure and should comply with the key principles and design approaches outlined in Chapter 5 Towns and Villages.

Objective RS06

To require development to be designed having regard to ‘movement’ function and ‘place’ function of the route on which it is located.

Objective RS07

To require new developments and their associated streets and spaces to place an emphasis on creating attractive places, facilitating social interaction and provide for connectivity, enclosure, active edge and pedestrian facilities.

Objective RS08

To require new infill developments to maximise opportunities for enclosure by ensuring continuity of existing buildings and forms where it exists and to address weaknesses in building lines through rationalisation as part of the infill development or redevelopment.

Objective RS09

To ensure all new developments positively contributes to the public realm, fostering a strong sense of place and an attractive place for both the local community and visitors to the area and are accessible to all users.

Objective RS10

To improve the public realm particularly in the village centre and along the approach roads to Rosslare Strand, with particular regard to footpaths, hard and soft landscaping, open spaces, street furniture, signage, street lighting and the on-street car parking. Ensure that non-structural elements of the village such as original paving and cobbles, stone walls, plaques etc. are treated as an integral part of the village’s character and are protected from destruction and inappropriate development.

Objective RS11

To work with local businesses and the local community to develop and implement an integrated, branded approach to signage for the settlement plan area that provides for continuity in design and style and which enhances the visual appearance of the area, provides for a sense of place and avoids signage cluttering.

Objective RS12

To encourage and facilitate the carrying out of environmental improvements in the settlement plan area in order to enhance the overall appearance and quality, for example, planting and general amenity improvements.

4.4.6 Compact Growth

NSO 01 to deliver compact growth will be achieved by prioritising the village centre and main built up area of the settlement of Rosslare Strand for future growth. This will focus on developing key infill, brownfield sites, under-utilised and vacant sites closest to the village centre first, moving sequentially out from there to remainder of the existing built-up footprint. This will ensure these sites are reused in the interests of sustainable development and that these sites or premises do not cause dis-amenity to their neighbours or the settlement.

The Planning Authority will also encourage the repurposing and reuse of existing vacant properties in the village centre for appropriate uses to contribute to regeneration and increasing the vibrancy of the plan area. 

Density and building heights are two key components of compact growth. The Urban Development and Building Heights Guidelines outline that prevailing building heights have a critical role to play in addressing the delivery of more compact growth in our urban areas.  The prevailing building height in the settlement plan area is two-storey with some three-storeys in the village centre. The two hotels have three storey sections also.

Buildings taller than the prevailing heights will be required to have a high quality design treatment and comply with the objectives of Chapter 5 Towns and Villages, Volume 2 Development Management Manual and the Urban Development and Building Heights - Guidelines for Planning Authorities for Planning Authorities (Department of Housing, Planning and Local Government.

The Planning Authority will encourage the repurposing and reuse of existing vacant and under-utilised properties in the village centre for appropriate uses to contribute to regeneration and increasing the vibrancy of the plan area.

Compact Growth Objectives

It is the objective of the Council to:

Objective RS13

To prioritise the development of vacant, infill and under-utilised brownfield sites in the settlement plan area to achieve compact growth and sustainable development.

Objective RS14

To use the powers, where appropriate, under the Derelict Sites Act, 1990, to include sites on the Register of Derelict Sites and charge levies.

Objective RS15

To encourage and facilitate the reuse of existing vacant properties for appropriate uses subject to normal planning and environmental criteria and the proper planning and sustainable development of the area.

Objective RS16

To give favourable consideration to buildings higher than the prevailing building heights at the locations in/close to the village centre and main built up areas of the settlement subject to considerations of scale, heritage, amenity and design quality and in accordance with the requirements of Objective TV44, TV45 and TV46 in Chapter 5 Towns and Villages, and to facilitate development incorporating higher buildings (i.e. buildings that exceed the contextual prevailing height) where it has been adequately demonstrated that the development complies with the assessment criteria set out in Section 3.2 of the Urban Development and Building Heights Guidelines for Planning Authorities (DHPLG 2018).

Objective RS17

To ensure that building heights within future development makes a positive contribution to the built form of the area, is not obtrusive and does not adversely impact on the streetscape, local amenity or views, in particular, when viewed from the sea.

4.4.7 Retail and Commercial Services

The area is well served by a range of retail and commercial services which includes several convenience shops, post office, hairdressers, cafés, public houses, restaurants and hotels. 

Retail and Commercial Objectives

It is objective of the Council:

Objective RS18

To encourage and facilitate a variety of retail and retail services in accordance with the County Retail Strategy and additional commercial services, all of which improve the range of facilities for the local population and surrounding hinterland and increases the area’s appeal for tourists and it’s year round service provision.

4.4.8 Residential

As set out in the Core Strategy, an additional population of 223 is allocated to Rosslare Strand between 2016 and 2027. This equates to 148 additional households. It is intended to deliver all of these new dwelling units on lands in a sequential manner within the built-up footprint of the settlement plan area as per Section 1.4.6, achieving more than 30% envisaged by NPO 3c in the NPF.

Residential Objectives

It is the objective of the Council to:

Objective RS19

To ensure that new residential developments comply with the relevant objectives and development management standards in Volume 1 and Volume 2 of the County Development Plan, in particular, those pertaining to density, unit type and mix, private open space, public open space, permeability with an emphasis on walking and cycling provision, car parking and other relevant requirements.

Objective RS20

To promote and facilitate the provision of serviced residential sites in the village subject to complying with normal planning and environmental criteria and the development management standards contained in Volume 2.

Objective RS21

To promote the development of social and affordable housing to meet the housing needs of the residents of the village.

Objective RS22

To have regard to the available capacity of the wastewater treatment plant and its seasonal capacity when assessing planning applications in the area.

4.4.9 Transport and Movement

Traffic volume through the village centre and the absence of sufficient car parking spaces is an issue for pedestrians in summer months and during school holidays in Rosslare. The volume of traffic during peak periods results in illegal parking and cars can be observed parked on double yellow lines, on footpaths and in entrance ways. Car parking facilities are not only used by staff, tourist and local residents but also by recreational users visiting beach and wider settlement. Commercial traffic unloading in the village centre can also present an issue. 

The absence of footpaths on one or both sides of the road is notable on some of the main walking routes within the settlement. (See Map 5). There are no footpaths on either side of the road over the bridges on Station Road and Mauritiustown Road or from the turn off to Burrow Park on Strand Road all the way out to end of the Peninsula.

A one way traffic management plan (for southern section of Strand Road and Station Road) may be the solution with formalised parking on one side of the road with arrangements for cyclists and pedestrians.

A new 57.5km Greenway route has also been proposed centered around the out-of-service Rosslare Strand to Waterford rail corridor. In the village of Rosslare Strand up to where the route reaches the railway corridor, two options are being considered:

  • Option 1: This involves a shared road: Cyclists and vehicular traffic would share the carriageway. There would be no significant change to vehicular traffic circulation.
  • Option 2: This involves a one way circulation system on Station Road, Coast Road and Mauritiustown Road, which would facilitate the introduction of high quality facilities for pedestrians and cyclists.

Transport and Movement Objectives

It is the objective of the Council:

Objective RS23

To improve pedestrian and cycle facilities in general and particular crossings at junctions, to improve the quality and width, where appropriate, of all footpaths in the settlement plan area and improved access for people with disabilities and to provide cycle friendly routes to/from school with cycle parking facilities and encourage school to provide cycle training to all pupils.

Objective RS24

To require new developments to ensure that permeability is incorporated into the design of all new developments, in particular, opportunities to create local level linkages between developments and to increase permeability for all users, in particular pedestrians and cyclists in accordance with Objectives TV19 to Objective TV26 in Chapter 5 Towns and Villages.

Objective RS25

To support the development of Rosslare Strand to Rosslare Europort Greenway proposal and any associated proposals for road/route adaption to accommodate this proposal.

Objective RS26

Map 5 indicates where additional accessible footpaths are required. These are locations where there are currently no footpaths of the road. The long-term objective shall be to provide accessible footpaths on both sides of the road, where feasible. However there are some places where this will not be feasible due to various constraints.

Objective RS27

To review on street parking arrangements in the village (to address, in particular, illegal/obstructive on-street parking in summer months and at other peak times) and make improvements as required.

Objective RS28

To investigate:

  • The feasibility of a local traffic management system with measures to prioritise pedestrian, cyclist and public transport movements throughout the settlement and to facilitate the complementary use of private car.
  • Options to increase provision of fully accessible pedestrian footpaths and, in particular, arrangements for pedestrians crossing the bridges on Station Road and Mauritiustown Road.
  • The feasibility of providing additional car parking facilities at appropriate locations to facilitate the greenway and tourism development generally and an unloading bay in village centre.
  • The introduction of formalised cycle paths and walking routes.

4.4.10 Economic Development

Economic activity in the plan area is heavily focused on tourism, and it is considered that the greatest potential for economic and employment growth in the plan area lies in the further development of the local tourism product. 

Tourism plays a significant role in attracting visitors including day trippers and holiday makers predominantly from the domestic market but also international due to proximity to Europort. This in turn helps with businesses in the area as well as the county and country as a whole. There are many opportunities available to further maximise the tourism potential of both the plan area and the surrounding area and this is discussed in further detail in Chapter 7 Tourism.

However there are possible other future economic development opportunities in the plan area and whilst demand has not been strong for employment sites in Rosslare Strand in the past, however developments of this nature will be considered on appropriate sites in the village centre. This will be based around the following goals:

  • To encourage tourism-related development at appropriate locations in the plan area.
  • To ensure that new or expanded tourism developments respect the natural and built environment so that they do not damage the feature that has attracted the visitor to the area in the first instance.
  • To facilitate developments that may add to the tourism product, extend the tourist season and/or increase accessibility to attractions and facilities such as the development of the coastal path subject to compliance with normal planning and environmental criteria and compliance with EU Directives.
  • To target the development of activity-based tourism and encourage strong year round occupancy of the resort.
  • To encourage and facilitate appropriate employment opportunities in the settlement area to allow the area to be more self-sufficient in terms of employment and to provide the opportunity for people to work locally rather than commute outside the area for work.
  • To encourage more employment in the village centre so as to provide additional footfall and potential spend for local businesses and to support the development of new businesses, thereby increasing the vibrancy and vitality of the area year round.

Tourist Accommodation

A range of tourist accommodation is necessary to attract visitors to the plan area including hotels, guesthouses, B&Bs, caravan and mobile homes, holidays homes, hostels and camping. Chapter 7 Tourism Development contains extensive policies on tourism development including tourist accommodation. 

Touring Caravan Sites

There are no designated touring caravan sites in the plan area. Any demand for such uses shall be facilitated within the established caravan and mobile home parks and/or at another suitable location within the village subject to normal proper planning and environmental criteria including the protection of residential amenity. 

Holiday Homes

In the past the plan area has experienced significant pressure for holiday home developments. Based on the level of holiday home development that has occurred and the limitation in available WWTP capacity, the plan confines any future development of this nature to the following:

  • On appropriate site(s) in the village centre.
  • Infill sites or sites in need of regeneration.

Camping and Glamping

There are no designated camping or glamping sites in the plan area. Any demand for such uses shall be facilitated within the established caravan and mobile home parks or on other appropriate sites within the village subject to normal planning and environmental criteria including the protection of residential amenity.

Hotels and B & Bs

There are 2 no. hotels and only 1 no. B&B. The 2 hotels contribute significantly to the tourist accommodation product. The Council will encourage appropriate development to either expand or enhance facilities on these sites and would encourage additional B&B type accommodation in the area subject to compliance with normal planning and environmental criteria.

There are opportunities to promote green tourism packages and activity breaks in the area which would exploit the existing walkways, golf courses and water-based activities.

There is also significant potential for small to medium tourism enterprises such as restaurants, pubs, craft shops, fishing boat trips and bicycle hire and bus tours.

Recognising the growth in the demand for holiday homes has highlighted the need for additional local services and facilities and for greater balance in the type and quality of future development in the area.

Economic Development Objectives

It is the objective of the Council:

Objective RS29

To ensure Rosslare Strand maintains and enhances its role as a valuable tourism destination in the county and to facilitate the development of appropriate tourism facilities, subject to normal planning and environment criteria and the development management standards contained in Volume 2.

Objective RS30

To support the development of sustainable tourism while avoiding conflict between tourism uses and other residents and village uses and amenities.

Objective RS31

To ensure the continuation and consolidation of Rosslare’s commercial role in meeting the needs of both the local community and visitors. This will be achieved by enhancing the role of the village centre and upgrading and improving existing commercial activities.

Objective RS32

To encourage and facilitate tourist development that will improve the area’s tourist facilities and attractions and to seek to extend the holiday season. Such development should be suitably located, of a size and scale appropriate to the village and of a high quality design.

Objective RS33

To consider the development of holiday accommodation in accordance with the criteria set out above subject to the development being in keeping with scale and character of Rosslare Strand and there being an appropriate balance between holiday homes and permanent homes and compliance with normal planning and environment criteria and the development management standards contained in Volume 2. The design should positively contribute to and enhance the coastal landscape setting. The Council will also have regard to the available capacity in the wastewater treatment plant and its seasonal nature assessing planning applications in the area.

Objective RS34

To facilitate the expansion of existing local services and businesses where appropriate and to facilitate the development of further local employment opportunities and in particular those with year round potential to address seasonality issues in accordance with the proper planning and sustainable development of the area.

Objective RS35

To support the development of new festivals and events in the settlement particularly to help encourage economic activity outside summer and schools holidays and to facilitate the growth of a more active year round resort.

Objective RS36

To support the development of a weekly artisan food and craft market at a suitable location in the settlement.

4.4.11 Recreation and Open Space

The provision of recreational facilities and amenities such as open spaces, public seating, footpaths, trails, playing fields, play areas and community halls can enhance well-being, encourage people to be active and promote safe community interaction and socialising.  The village ‘green’/park are important amenities in terms of their function as well as their visual appeal.

Recreation and Open Space Objectives

It is the objective of the Council to:

Objective RS37

To provide a new connected green infrastructure of local corridors and hubs, along streams and the coastline and to provide for improved quality and connectivity of biodiversity, amenity and local water management along the corridors and within and adjoining the settlement.

Objective RS38

To protect views and the coastal zone.

Objective RS39

To support the development of the Rosslare to Waterford Greenway proposal and associated spin off developments

Objective RS40

To co-operate with and facilitate the Tidy Towns Association and other voluntary groups and associations in improving the appearance and environmental quality of Rosslare.

Objective RS41

To promote the development of allotments/community gardens on suitable sites within the settlement area, taking into account the demand for such facilities.

Objective RS42

To support the development of an outdoor recreation centre in the village.

Objective RS43

To ensure development is in accordance with the objectives outlined in Chapter 12 (Coastal Zone Management and Marine Spatial Planning).

Objective RS44

To support the monitoring of  coastal erosion in and adjoining the settlement and the carrying out of appropriate remedial action where appropriate and subject to compliance with all relevant EU and national legislation and guidance and normal planning and environmental criteria.

Objective RS45

To enhance animation and interpretation at key heritage sites (in particular for Rosslare Fort site at tip of Burrow) and augment existing networks and trials with additional sites and material to create new visitor experiences without impact to or disturbance on natural features and habitats.

Objective RS46

To embrace the coastal location and natural heritage of the settlement which is important in defining the place quality of Rosslare Strand and ensure they are integrated into and respected in future development in the area and by managing coastal erosion, flooding and coastal habitats in line with relevant EU and national legislation and guidance and all other normal planning and environmental criteria.

4.4.12 Community and Education

There is ample provision for the community and education needs of the settlement of Rosslare Strand.

Community and Education Objective

It is the objective of the Council:

Objective RS47

To support the continued development, maintenance and upgrading of the community and sports centre to serve the needs of the local and visitor population of Rosslare Strand.

Objective RS48

To support development of the school to accommodate the future needs of the settlement.

4.4.13 Surface Water, Flooding and Erosion

As noted in Section 4.3.9 flood risk is present along the western fringe of the settlement of Rosslare Strand, predominantly linked to a tidal influence. The development of these lands should be avoided and all future planning applications will be screened for flood risk, and may require the submission of an appropriately detailed site-specific flood risk assessment. Chapter 9 and Volume 11 contains detailed objectives with regard to development in areas at risk of flooding.

Given the drainage characteristics of the area and given that the natural surface water discharge leads to the adjacent natural heritage areas, careful consideration of surface water proposals in accordance with SuDS principles are required to both reduce the risk of flooding and to protect the heritage sites.

The Geological Survey of Ireland (GSI), through the CHERISH project, is surveying sections of the Irish coastline using unmanned aerial vehicles (UAV's). In Rosslare, sections of eroding sand-dunes were surveyed in 2017 and in 2018. Up to 4m change in elevation was seen with nearly 5,800 m3 of material eroded as the shoreline retreats. This is not uniform, with erosion focused at discrete regions on the shoreline. Interestingly, nearly 5,300 m3 of sediment was deposited within the studied area, meaning that while erosion is occurring, much of that material is not moving far. In total, only 500 m3 of sediment transported out of the studied region, perhaps just offshore.

This type of data is essential for informed decision making in the area and will be used for the management of infrastructure, land-use and planning, and for future climate-change adaptation and mitigation. The Council will continue to work with the GSI and the OPW to ensure that risks posed by coastal erosion are carefully managed so as to protect people, property and coastal habitats. 

Surface Water, Flooding and Erosion Objectives

It is the objective of the Council:

Objective RS49

To ensure that new development is avoided in areas at risk of coastal erosion to the greatest extent practicable.

Objective RS50

Development shall be prohibited where it poses a significant or potential threat to coastal habitats or features, and/or where the development is likely to result in adverse patterns of erosion or deposition elsewhere along the coast.

Objective RS51

To only consider developments where they will not result in an increase in coastal erosion, either at the subject site or at another location in the vicinity subject to compliance with relevant EU and national legislation and guidance and all other normal planning and environmental criteria.

Objective RS52

To consider the carrying out of facilitation of environmentally sensitive coastal protection works where appropriate and subject to the works being suitably designed and where it is demonstrated that the works would not exacerbate existing problems of coastal erosion or result in altered patterns of erosion, deposition or flooding elsewhere along the coast to the detriment of other properties, important habitats, coastal features or Natura 2000 sites.

Objective RS53

To require developments to incorporate SuDS principles for surface water drainage proposals that adequately protect the Natura 2000 conservations sites that adjoin the village and to limit the discharge of appropriately treated surface water to two litres per hectare per second to an appropriate outfall.