Regional Economic and Spatial Strategies for two of the country’s three regional assembly areas have been published in recent weeks. Ireland’s Regional Authorities have a range of powers in relation to spatial planning and economic development, among which is the development of a Regional Spatial and Economic Strategy for each of their functional areas. The three Regional Authorities are:
- The Northern and Western Regional Assembly covering the county councils of Cavan, Donegal, Leitrim, Galway, Mayo, Monaghan, Roscommon and Sligo and the city council of Galway.
- The Southern Regional Assembly covering the county councils of Carlow, Clare, Cork, Kerry, Kilkenny, Tipperary and Wexford, the city council of Cork, and the city and county councils of Limerick and Waterford.
- The Eastern and Midland Regional Assembly covering the county councils of Dun Laoghaire-Rathdown, Fingal, Kildare, Laois, Longford, Louth, Meath, Offaly, South Dublin, Westmeath and Wicklow and the city council of Dublin
The purpose of the Regional Spatial and Economic Strategy (RSES) is to support the implementation of the National Planning Framework and the economic policies and objectives of the Government by providing a long-term strategic planning and economic framework for the development of the region over a period of between 12 years and 20 years. The RSES will provide a mid-tier in the planning policy hierarchy between the National Planning Framework and Local County Development Plans. The recent Planning and Development Amendment Act 2018, amends national legislation to clarify that it is necessary for all County Development plans to be consistent with the objectives set out within the relevant Regional Spatial Economic Strategy.
The Draft Regional Spatial and Economic Strategy for the Eastern and Midland Region is currently on public display and submissions can be made up until the 23rd January 2019. The document is available at http://emra.ie/rses/. The Southern Regional Assembly is currently preparing the RSES for the Southern Region which is anticipated to be ready for public consultation towards the end of November.
The Draft RSES for the Northern and Western Region (NWRA) was published on the 19th of November. Written submissions and observations can be made until the 8th of February 2019 and is available to view at https://www.nwra.ie/rses/. The purpose of these submissions is to enable the public to have an opportunity to input into the preparation of the RSES and to advise the Authority of any considerations that they may wish to be included.
The Draft RSES for the Southern Regional Assembly is due to be published before the end of November, and will be available on http://southernassembly.ie when published.
McCarthy Keville O’Sullivan is available to brief and advise any clients who may wish to comment or make a submission on any of the RSES’s which are on public display.