Ennis 2040 Vision
Ennis will strengthen its role as a key regional economic driver and major tourist destination in the Mid-West through the expansion and diversification of its economic offering and by capitalising on the strength of its significant architectural, cultural and historic heritage. It's growth will be based on the "10 Minute Town" concept with the Town Centre at the heart of this highly accessible and revitalised Ennis - the focus for retail, residential, commercial, educational, leisure and cultural growth. Ennis will support, enhance and utilise its existing natural assets to lead the way as "Ireland's First Climate Adaptive Town" and to create an accessible place of quality.
The Ennis 2040 Economic and Spatial Strategy seeks to support compact growth and realise sustainable economic, social and environmental opportunities in Ennis and Clare over the next 20 years. The purpose of the strategy is to guide the long-term development of our county town, Ennis, and highlight investment opportunities that will deliver competitive advantage over the short, medium and long term. The strategy capitalises on the strengths, addresses the challenges and puts in place an economic and spatial plan that will facilitate the delivery of the vision for Ennis:
Location for Investment
Location for Investment
Ireland’s First Climate Adaptive town
Accessible Place of Quality
A ’10 Minute Town’
ENNIS 2040 Plan
As a long-term strategy, it will not only transform the town as a great place to live and visit but also position Ennis and Clare as an attractive investment location creating future jobs in the region.
The Ennis 2040 Economic and Spatial Strategy, which is integrated into the Clare County Development 2023 - 2029, has set out ambitious growth targets for economic development in Ennis. The strategy envisages that the population of Ennis will grow on average by 1.6% per annum to approximately 37,000 people by 2040.
The plan also proposes the prioritisation of sustainable economic activities by focusing on existing assets and creating a competitive offer unique to Ennis that will deliver an additional 5,000 jobs by 2040.
Ennis 2040 Strategy - Public Consultation
Presentations and submissions were invited from the local community, businesses, business organisations and the Public Participation Network. The feedback and information received helped inform the proposals which were incorporated into the plan. This draft plan then underwent two public consultation sessions, whereby the public were informed about the progress and feedback on the initial proposals received. A targeted stakeholder workshop was also held with members of the business community.
This was a very successful and energic workshop with over 90 people attending. These stakeholder engagements have gone a long way in delivering acceptance of the Town Centre First principles among the business community in Ennis.