Service: Pre-planning spatial service (Ireland)

Our partners from Donegal County Council have developed different pre-planning spatial services for co-producing it with the citizens, in County Donegal (Ireland).

Clic on the image to access the Cathedral Quarter Walking Map.

The Cathedral Quarter committee at the beginning of the project.

E. Quinn of Donegal County Council, D. McLaren author of the report and Cathedral Quarter secretary D. Harvey at Cathedral Quarter Project's launch.

The area of the town between the Main Commercial street of Letterkenny and the Cathedral for the Cathedral Quarter project.

Our partners, Donegal County Council, have co-produced different pre-planning spatial services for co-producing it with the citizens, in County Donegal (Ireland). The services co-produced within the IMPROVE project are:

  1. Citizen sourced Zoning
  2. Collaborative Development Planning
  3. Social Media Sharing Tools
  4. Online GIS Mapping

This service allows local communities to come together to digitise issues relating to their community which they feel should be considered in planning decisions. Issues could differ from defining local road danger zones to determining where a community would like to see various zonings. The platform will allow users to vote on designations so that planners will be able to see which are of most concern/agreement within the community. This local information will feed into the planning decision process and ultimately the county development plan process. Ultimately the users of the system will be all the 160,000 citizens of the county.


About the Cathedral Quarter

The service is being piloted with a local community in Letterkenny who are looking the local issues and how they would like to shape the development of the “Cathedral Quarter” in Letterkenny Town. This is a micro scale project within the County Context, but which is bringing very positive results since it’s not only establishing new ways of involving the community in the planning process but also serving to feed and develop additional services by capturing local data to generate Mapstories around relevant themes. For example, the data mapped in the Letterkenny Cathedral Quarter, which was captured to highlight the local historical & cultural locations and was quickly turned into a walking tour map now used by the Community Group as a tourism marketing app. You can access here the Cathedral Quarter Walking Map or by clicking the picture.

If you are interested in this service and want more information, you can contact us by clicking here.