The Community-Led Village Design Statement (VDS) Toolkit was launched on Thursday morning, 18th October 2012, at the inaugural community-led VDS workshop, held in the Newpark Hotel, Kilkenny.
The toolkit was prepared by the Heritage Council in partnership with Dublin City Council and Meath County Council; and in collaboration with the village communities of both Sandymount, Dublin and Julianstown, Co. Meath. The toolkit sets out a step-by-step guide to undertaking a community-led VDS in Ireland, using a collaborative and participative process, and has been developed in accordance with the UNECE Aarhus Convention and the European Landscape Convention (ELC).
While this toolkit deals specifically with community-led VDS, it is hoped that the information and guidance provided on relevant structures, processes, outputs and potential outcomes will enable and empower local communities throughout the island of Ireland to become involved in shaping their local environments. It is also hoped that it will become a useful tool for community groups who are considering undertaking other sustainable, community-led heritage and planning projects.
To download the Village Design Statement Toolkit together with factsheets log on to http://www.heritagecouncil.ie/landscape/news/view-article/article/national-community-led-village-design-statement-vds-toolkit-launched/?tx_ttnews%5BbackPid%5D=6&cHash=75054afaa79b1852d379526901b6c808