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• High quality of life offer with access to significant cultural, heritage and natural amenities, town and tourism attractions of the Wild Atlantic Way, beaches, walkways and cycleways. Key Infrastructural Requirements i. Completion of a Northern Relief Road and Western Relief Road; ii. For the regeneration of town centres and efficient economic movement on the N71 road corridor, relief roads for the settlements of Skibbereen and Bantry in addition to Clonakilty; iii. Multi-modal Local Transport Plan; iv. Critical water and wastewater infrastructure for phased growth; v. Clonakilty Flood Relief Scheme; vi. Regeneration site and public realm initiatives; vii. Protect and enhance the natural heritage of Clonakilty Bay.

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Key settlement on the N71 which functions as a sub-regional road corridor, connecting a network of distinctive settlements, tourism and enterprise assets, ports and fishing harbours withMetropolitan Cork, Port of Cork and Cork Airport assets; • Significant food and beverage, technology and tourism industries and hosts the Department of Agriculture, Food and Marine’s National Seafood Centre; • Strategic property assets include the West Cork Business and Technology Park at Shannonvale with around 1,000 employees, high quality telecommunications and facilities, existing enterprises in software development, e-commerce and finance; • Excellence in public realm and urban design (such as the award-winning Clonakilty 400 urban design masterplan); • Exceptional natural heritage and amenities, including Clonakilty Bay and Inchydoney; • Access to the Wild Atlantic Way;

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c. Seek investment to support attributes and the sustainable delivery of infrastructure, including enhanced inter-regional connectivity (transport networks and digital) for all key settlements along the N71 road corridor to the Cork metropolitan area, Port of Cork and Cork Airport assets, subject to the outcome of the planning process and environmental assessments.

Clonakilty a. To strengthen sustainably the employment-led growthand regenerationof Clonakiltyas aneconomic driver for West Cork, build upon inherent strengths, in particular food production and tourism, while protecting and enhancing the natural environment of Clonakilty Bay; b. Leverage its strategic location and accessibility on the N71 road corridor, sharing strengths with other settlements inWest Cork, including an enhanced role for Bantry as part of the next County Development Plan review;

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