SRA Regional Action Plan MatchUP Final Version February 2021

Regional Action Plan the Role of Modal Interchange to Foster Low Carbon Urban Mobility


Part 5: Action 2 Development of Framework and Methodology for implementation of “10 Minute Town” concept under the Regional Spatial and Economic Strategy (RSES) Policy Instrument

5.1 Policy Description

Description of the policy instrument selected for improvement - Action 2

Since January 2015, the SRA, in addition to its longstanding role as MA for the SEROP, has a responsibility for regional spatial and economic development, including oversight of Local Authority performance and local economic and community plans and implementation of national policy. As part of these enhanced responsibilities, SRA has developed the Regional Spatial and Economic Strategy 14 (RSES) policy instrument for the Southern Region of Ireland, which sets out a 12-year strategic framework for the development of the region. This embraces all aspects of life including economic, environmental, connectivity, quality of life, etc. and identifies key priorities for investment to support delivery of this ambition. The RSES does not have specific funding but is the regional expression of Project Ireland 2040, the National Planning Framework (NPF) and the National Development Plan 2018-27 (NDP). The NDP is a €116 billion investment package, with €14.5 billion earmarked to deliver housing and sustainable urban development and €8.6 billion allocated for sustainable mobility focused on public transport schemes and investment in improved infrastructure for pedestrian and cyclists. All Local Development plans must under statutory instrument comply with the objectives of the RSES outlining their development plans for the coming 6 years. Funding for these plans will be sought by the Local Authority from the NDP investment budget. A key objective of the RSES is to improve low carbon urban transport and modal interchange by working closely with partners in the region to decarbonise the transport sector, transforming the transport systems towards well-functioning, sustainable integrated networks of walking, cycling, public transport, and electric vehicles in line with the United Nations (UN) Sustainable Development Goals 15 and the MATCH-UP project objectives. This ambition is reflected in a dedicated Regional Policy Objective in the RSES - RPO 176: “10 Minute” City and Town concepts, which is focused on attaining sustainable compact settlements. This would ensure that “a range of community facilities and services are accessible in short walking and cycle timeframes from homes or are accessible by high quality public transport services by connecting people to larger scaled settlements delivering these services.”

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Southern Regional Assembly | Regional Action Plan


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