Dublin’s industrial heritage was first explicitly protected in the 1999 City Development Plan, and the protection was enhanced in the 2005-2011 Plan, with a policy ‘to protect the buildings and features of industrial heritage in situ, and their related artefacts and plant were appropriate’. The draft 2011-2017 City Development Plan explicitly mentions railway sidings in Policy FC 57 (2010, 97): ‘To preserve, repair and retain in situ, where possible, historic elements of significance in the public realm including railings, milestones, city ward stones, street furniture, ironmongery, and any historic kerbing and setts …’. Both the City Archaeologist and the Conservation Officer with the Planning Department of Dublin City Council have recently published material relating to the industrial heritage of the city, and this issue has been identified as one of increasing importance in modern planning.
As a result, industrial archaeology and heritage is increasingly becoming an issue in modern development, and at Archaeology Plan we have a particular expertise in this area. We have worked closely with Local Authorities in Dublin and several other counties on the recording and assessment of industrial heritage sites.