In context of the current civil emergency arising from the COVID-19 pandemic, the Government has decided to extend the Order from Sunday 29th March 2020 to Saturday 9th May 2020 inclusive, a total period of six weeks (42 days) under the new of Section 251A of the Planning and Development Act, 2000.
During the period of the Order, all Plan public consultation and council briefing, and meeting activity will cease. This includes County/City Development Plan, Development Plan Variations and Local Area Plan processes. This is considered necessary because Plan processes require engagement with members of the public, and in particular public meetings, as well as Council briefings and meetings to allow for information, direction and decision-making.
Given the nature of plan review processes, there is a need for advance notification and organisation of public consultation events and council briefings/meetings and as a consequence, the effect of the Order on such processes, may extend beyond the period of the Order.
Statutory Plans that are currently undergoing live consultations are as follows:
Cork County Council
Pre-Draft Plan Stage – Cork County Development 2022-2028
Cork County Council is commencing the preparation of a new County Development Plan for the period 2022-2028. The purpose of the Development Plan is to guide the future development of the county.
The new plan will be different from previous County Development Plans in two key areas:
▪ It will relate to the new administrative boundary of the county following the extension to the City Council boundary.
▪ It will include all the settlements of the County, replacing the current 8 Municipal District Local Area Plans adopted in 2017 and the Town Development Plans for the nine former Town Council Towns.
The first step is the preparation of a Public Consultation Document and supporting Background Documents which address some of the key areas that need to be considered.
In line with Government advice on COVID-19, Cork County Council announced the cancellation of the scheduled CDP Review Pre-Draft Public Consultation Events and Community Clinics planned throughout the County (to discuss the issues to be addressed in the new Cork County Development Plan). The Public Consultation Document and supporting Background Documents can be viewed online.
In accordance with said Order the Public Consultation Period on the Pre-Draft Public Consultation Period has been extended to 12 midnight on Thursday 18th June 2020 to facilitate engagement by members of the public to allow for the holding of Public Consultation Events.
The dates and locations for associated Public Consultation Events will be published when current restrictions on movement have been lifted.
Submissions and observations in relation to the Cork County Development Plan Review and the preparation of the new Cork County Development Plan 2022-2028 are invited during the initial public consultation period, from Thursday the 12th of March until 12 midnight on Thursday the 18th June, 2020 inclusive.
Westmeath County Council
Draft Westmeath County Development Plan 2021-2027
Westmeath County Council has prepared a Draft Westmeath County Development Plan for the County of Westmeath. The Draft Plan is accompanied by a Strategic Environmental Assessment (SEA) Environmental Report, prepared in accordance with the Planning and Development (SEA) Regulations 2004–2011, an Appropriate Assessment (AA) Natura Impact Report, prepared in accordance with Planning and Development Act 2000 (as amended) and a Strategic Flood Risk Assessment in accordance with The Planning System and Flood Risk Management Guidelines 2009.
In the context of the most up-to-date public health advice during this COVID-19 Emergency, the Government has introduced an extension of all time periods associated with statutory processes under the Planning and Development Acts. In this regard, the public consultation period relating to submissions and observations in association with the Draft Westmeath County Development Plan 2021-2027 has been extended by 42 days until 5.00pm on Tuesday the 16th June 2020.
Louth County Council
Proposed Variation No. 2 of the Louth County Development Plan 2015-2021
The proposed draft Variation No. 2 of the Louth County Development Plan 2015-2021 comprises the inclusion of new inserted text within Table 7.7 “Motorways and National Routes” (Chapter 7 Transport) and the insertion of a new Policy TC 20A (Chapter 7 Transport) and is accompanied by a revised Strategic Environmental Assessment (SEA) Screening Report and associated SEA Screening Determination, to reflect all submissions from prescribed bodies, prepared in accordance with the Planning & Development (Strategic Environmental Assessment) Regulations 2004 (as amended). The proposed Variation No. 2 is also accompanied by an Appropriate Assessment (AA) Screening Report and associated AA Screening Determination prepared as part of a Screening for AA process that is being undertaken in accordance with Part XAB of the Planning & Development Act 2000 (as amended).
The reason for this Variation is to facilitate the upgrade of the N2 single carriageway National Primary Road from north of Ardee (County Louth) to the roundabout at Tullyvin south of Castleblaney (County Monaghan).
Written submissions or observations with respect to proposed Draft Variation No.2of the Louth County Development Plan 2015-2021(and associated SEA and AA Screening documents), may be made to Louth County Council from Tuesday 24th March, 2020 until 4pm on Monday 27th April, 2020 (Deadline to be extended as per the Order).
Roscommon County Council
Issues paper for the Roscommon County Development Plan 2021-2027
Roscommon County Council is commencing the preparation of a new County Development Plan for the period 2021-2027. The purpose of the Development Plan is to guide the future development of the county.
Due to the current Covid-19 emergency measures, and the associated introduction of Section 251A into the Planning and Development Act 2000 (as amended), the period between 29th March 2020 and 9th May 2020 (or such other period as may be specified in any subsequent Ministerial Order) shall be disregarded when calculating the duration of the public consultation process. The public consultation
will therefore extend for at least 42 days beyond the originally advertised closing date of 5th June 2020 i.e. 17th July 2020. Please note these dates may be extended depending on the length of the emergency.
Submissions and observations in relation to the Roscommon County Development Plan Issues Paper and the preparation of the new Roscommon County Development Plan 2021-2027 can be made from Friday 27th March until 17th July 2020.
For further information on the planning consultancy advice and services that MKO can provide you in relation to the Development Plan Process or Submissions, contact our office on 091 735 611.