The greenway is support by many local and national planning policies

These planning policies can be useful to reference when making a planning submission. They show that planning policy and law support your submission. The biggest supporting policy document is the Dublin City Development Plan.

Dublin City Development Plan 2016-2022

This document is a key part of the planning policy in Dublin City. It is approved by the city councillors and guides all planning decisions in the city.

There are many individual policy points that support the development of this greenway and oppose this development for preventing this greenway from being built.

We feel that SC3, Sc15, GI1, GI3 and GI5 are key policy supports  for the greenway. Consider quoting these policies as part of your submission.

These policies relate to the Structure of the City. Dublin City Council (DCC) wants a city that is easy to navigate and move around. The city should have a sense of place and character.

SC3: To develop a sustainable network of safe, clean, attractive pedestrian routes, lanes and cycleways in order to make the city more coherent and navigable.

SC15: To recognise and promote green infrastructure and landscape as an integral part of the form and structure of the city, including streets and public spaces.

Dublin City Council shows in Fig 3 that they think the River Camac Greenway will increase the legibility of the city. They call it a future strategic pedestrian route.

Chapter 8 of the development plan is about Movement and Transport. These policies are about getting people around the city and reducing congestion. The following policies support the greenway. 

MT11: To continue to promote improved permeability for both cyclists and pedestrians in existing urban areas in line with the National Transport Authority’s document ‘Permeability – a best practice guide’.

MT12: To improve the pedestrian environment and promote the development of a network of pedestrian routes which link residential areas with recreational, educational and employment destinations to create a pedestrian environment that is safe and accessible to all.

The NTA's permeability guide reference is especially important for this development as it is so close to the major public transport hub at Heuston station.

Chapter 10 is an important one. It is about the Green Infrastructure of the city. The greenway is green infrastructure.

GI1: To develop a green infrastructure network through the city, thereby interconnecting strategic natural and semi-natural areas with other environmental features including green spaces, rivers, canals and other physical features in terrestrial (including coastal) and marine areas.

GI3: To develop linear parks, particularly along waterways, and to link existing parks and open spaces in order to provide green chains throughout the city. Where lands along the waterways are in private ownership, it shall be policy in any development proposal to secure public access along the waterway. [emphasis added]

GI5: To promote permeability through our green infrastructure for pedestrians and cyclists.

The greenway will help join up multiple green spaces such as the river Liffery, St Steeven's Park, the river Camac and the Grand Canal.


Chapter 11 is about the built heritage of the City. The following policy supports the greenway as it links cultural site at Steeven's Hospital, IMMA and Kilmainham Gaol in the city together with a friendly safe greenway route.

CHC44: To promote awareness of our cultural heritage, promote safe and attractive streets and promote ease of legibility and connectivity between cultural spaces by encouraging and facilitating the provision of supporting cultural infrastructure in the public domain such as cultural signage, cultural information panels, a way finding system and a high-quality, integrated network of attractive streets in the city centre.

Special Regeneration and Development Areas (SDRA) 

There are two SDRAs in the development plan that support the greenway. They are SDRA 7 (Heuston and Environs) and SDRA 15 (St James' Hospital Campus and Environs). These are special local plans for certain areas of the city.

In SDRA 7, section (pg. 276) 

To improve pedestrian and cycle linkages throughout the area and through key sites, with a particular focus on seeking the following new linkages/improvements: along St John’s Road West; from St John’s Road to the Royal Hospital Kilmainham via Heuston South Quarter, subject to agreement with the OPW/RHK, on the nature of the proposed linkage; from Dr Steevens’ Hospital to IMMA, with consideration give to a new path along the banks of the river Camac.

In SDRA 15, section states (pg. 292)

Heuston South Quarter: To facilitate mixed-use development located at this strategic gateway to the city centre along St John’s Road West and adjacent to Heuston Station. A riverside walk along the river Camac can provide a strategic connection to the hospital campus via Bow Lane and Mount Brown.