The Town Centre First policy is a commitment under the Programme for Government, and in Our Rural Future and Housing For All. My Department and the Department of Housing, Local Government and Heritage have jointly been developing the policy which is now finalised. The policy will be launched in the coming weeks.
The new Town Centre First Policy will be an important catalyst for Local Authorities and local stakeholders to plan for, and deliver, revitalisation in their towns. To support this, and in advance of the announcement of the Town Centre First policy, I announced €2.6m of funding last week for the delivery of Town Centre First Plans in 26 towns. I also secured funding of €2 million in Budget 2022 for Town Regeneration Officers who will support the roll-out of the Town Centre First policy nationally.