Pod Accommodation: New plan for Greenways in Ireland
The Irish Government has launched a new Greenway strategy in a bid to increase walking and cycling tracks across the country.
The 3 year plan from 2019-2021 will be funded with a €53 million investment.
Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport Shane Ross said the ambition is to have at least one greenway that is coast to coast, stating his preference is for a Dublin to Galway route.
The launch of the strategy follows on from the success of Newport on the Great Western Greenway, Kilmacthomas on the Waterford Greenway, and Old Rail Trail in Moate in Westmeath, greenways which are already open to the public.
The plan states that the routes should include the following:
- Clear signage on and off the route
- Cycle storage areas
- Cycle repair
- Charging stations
- Study & play areas
According to Minister Ross, the success of projects to date lies in the fact that they are around 40 kilometres and provide opportunities to stay overnight in a new area.
Proposed routes must be a minimum of 20 kilometres unless the proposal relates to the extension of an existing route.
The government is actively seeking proposals for routes and an outline funding criteria document has been released.
An application form will be available in the next couple of weeks and the deadline for application will be end of November with funds awarded between 2019 and 2021 to the successful projects.
There will be consultation with landowners and communities along the route with the aim of taking the greenways into the heart of local communities.
For landowners living along existing greenways or those considering proposing a route, now is the time to also consider how to meet the increase in demand for overnight accommodation…
Intupod’s accommodation pods and joint venture model offer an opportunity to meet the rising need for accommodation as the greenways bring more visitors to the areas.
Our pods are quickly constructed and easily transported and installed on sites within Ireland.
They provide a quality level of pod accommodation ideally suited to families, walkers and cyclists with both two bed and four bed options including full washroom facilities as well as a breakfast bar style area.
Our joint venture model offers a unique opportunity to partner with us to create an accommodation site at a lower risk as we provide the pods and support the marketing of the pods with the aim of maximising occupancy rates and average nightly rates.
Do you own suitable land on or near an existing Greenway?
If so, why not consider generating income from the land with tourist accommodation.
Alternatively, if you live on or near to the site of a proposed Greenway we’d love to hear from you.
A great example cited by the minister is Longford County Council which is looking to identify a quiet route from the end of the Royal Canal Greenway in Clondra to Athlone.
For more information about our JV model email firstname.lastname@example.org to request a brochure.