Progress made on Milford Town Centre First Plan

DONEGAL County Council has announced the appointment of a multidisciplinary planning and design practice, GM Design Associates, to prepare a Town Centre First Plan for Milford.

The Plan will be prepared in line with the new National Policy ‘Town Centre First – A Policy Approach for Irish Towns’ and will be regeneration & renewal focused with a view to strengthening the role, image, vibrancy, vitality and resilience of Milford town centre.

It will put place-making at the centre of the value proposition for the town as a means of enabling and attracting investment and regeneration.


This project is funded through the Town and Village Renewal Fund programme and is the 1st Phase of the Town Centre First Masterplan Initiative implemented by the Department of Rural and Community Development as a part of Our Rural Future.

Welcoming the commencement of the process to prepare a Town Centre First Plan for Milford the Cathaoirleach of Donegal County Council, Cllr Liam Blaney, said,“this  presents a significant opportunity for Milford and gives crucial support and confidence to the entire local community as it responds to post-pandemic recovery in the face of very significant economic challenges.”

The process will commence with a first stage of Public Consultation to inform the preparation of the Draft Town Centre First Plan. This will open on Thursday 16th February 2023 with the launch of the project website:, and will close on Thursday 9th March 2023 at 4pm.

As a part of the first stage of the public consultation process Donegal County Council invites the public to come along to an open drop-in event that will take place on Wednesday 22nd February 2023 from 3.00pm to 8.00pm at the Milford Public Services Centre, Main Street, Milford.

You can also get involved during the first period of public consultation from Thursday 16th February to Thursday 9th March 2023 by:

  • Visiting the project website to leave comments or complete a questionnaire;
  • Visit the project Facebook page ‘Milford Town Centre First Plan’;
  • E-mail:;
  • Telephone : +44 (028) 7035 6138; or
  • Write: GM Design Associates, 22 Lodge Road, Coleraine, Co. Londonderry, BT52 1NB.

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