Cork City Council

Cork City Council have begun the review process of the existing Cork City Development Plan 2015-2021 and have prepared a Draft Cork City Development Plan 2022-2028. The public are invited to make a submission on any aspect of the Draft Plan, to influence the key priorities of the city going forward.

The Draft Plan is on public display from 9am 26th July 2021 and will remain on display for a period of 10 weeks until 4pm on Monday 4th of October 2021. Submissions can be made online using the Cork City Council online consultations portal at,  or by post to Development Plan Submissions, Strategic and Economic Development, City Hall, Anglesea Street, Cork T12 T997

Tipperary County Council

Tipperary County Council have prepared a Draft Tipperary County Development Plan 2022-2028. The plan will cover the entire county of Tipperary, following the amalgamation of North and South Tipperary County Councils in 2014.

Submissions and observations are welcome and may be submitted until 4pm on Friday 15th October 2021. Submissions can be made online using the Tipperary County Council online consultations portal at or by email to Submissions may also be made in writing to either Draft County Development Plan, Planning Policy and Projects Unit, Tipperary County Council, Civic Offices, Nenagh, Co. Tipperary E45 A099, or to Draft County Development Plan, Planning Policy and Projects Unit, Tipperary County Council, Civic Offices, Clonmel, Co. Tipperary E91N512

Sligo County Council

Sligo County Council intends to review the existing Sligo County Development Plan 2017–2023 and to prepare a new Sligo County Development Plan (CDP) for the period 2023–2029. The Development Planning Unit of Sligo County Council has prepared an Issues Paper, which offers relevant information to those willing to engage in pre-draft consultation on the new Sligo County Development Plan.

Submissions and observations regarding the preparation of a new CDP are welcome until 24th September 2021 and should be made through Sligo County Council’s consultation portal at Although not desirable, submissions may also be sent by post or by e-mail. Written submissions should be headed “Sligo County Development Plan 2023-2029” and e-mailed to or posted to Siobhán Gillen, Administrative Officer, Planning Section, Sligo County Council, City Hall, Quay Street, SLIGO F91 PP44

South Dublin County Council

The Draft South Dublin County Development Plan 2022 – 2028 has been prepared in accordance with the provision of the Planning and Development Act 2000 (as amended) and is now on public display for a period of 10 weeks.

Submissions and observations may be made between Wednesday 7th July and Wednesday 15th September 2021 (both dates inclusive). Submissions can be made online through the councils online portal at or in writing to Senior Executive Officer, Forward Planning Section, Land Use Planning & Transportation Department, County Hall, Tallaght, Dublin 24.

Carlow County Council
Carlow County Council have prepared a Draft County Development Plan for the period 2022-2028.

Submissions or observations are welcome regarding the Draft Plan. Submissions may be made from 21st July 2021 until 1st October 2021 at 5pm. Submissions may be made online through the councils online consultation portal at , or alternatively may be made in writing and posted to  Senior Executive Officer, Draft Carlow County Development Plan 2022-2028, Planning Department, Carlow County Council, Athy Road, Carlow. Note that submissions that are emailed cannot be accepted.

Housing For All

‘Housing for All – a New Housing Plan for Ireland’ was published on 2nd September 2021. It is the governments multi-billion euro housing plan to 2030. The plan aims to improve Irelands housing system and deliver more homes of all types for people with different housing needs.

The governments vision for the housing system over the longer term is to achieve a steady supply of housing in appropriate locations with economic, social and environmental sustainability as an integral part of the system. It is outlined in the plan that Ireland will need an average of 33,000 new homes to be provided each year from 2021-2030. Housing for All contains 213 actions which intend to deliver a range of housing options.

The plan sets out four key pathways to achieving a sustainable housing system in Ireland. These pathways are as follows:

  • Supporting home ownership and increasing affordability
  • Eradicating homelessness, increasing social housing delivery and supporting social inclusion
  • Increasing new housing supply
  • Addressing vacancy and efficient use of existing stock

Among the plan’s main initiatives are:

  • 300,000 homes built over the next decade across the four categories of social, affordable and cost rental, private rental and private ownership. On average, over 33,000 homes will be built per annum, rising to 40,000 by 2030
  • new planning arrangements for Large-Scale Residential Developments as well as broader reforms to the planning process to ensure certainty and stability and reduce delays
  • measures to use vacant lands for residential housing will be introduced, such as a new tax to replace the existing Vacant Site Levy
  • ‘Land Value Sharing’ measures will be introduced to ensure that an appropriate level of the increase in the value of development land, which results from zoning for residential development, is shared by the State. This value will be used to provide necessary local infrastructure and social and affordable housing, to support residential development and for the benefit of the community

The Housing For All plan can be read at


Maritime Area Planning Bill 2021

The Maritime Area Planning Bill is the States leading response to the much needed reform of marine governance. The Bill provides the legal underpinning to an entirely new marine planning system, which will balance harnessing our huge offshore wind potential with protecting Irelands rich and unique marine environment.

The full text of the Maritime Area Planning Bill 2021 and accompanying Explanatory Memorandum were published on Monday 16th August 2021. The publication was approved at Cabinet on 29th June 2021 and confirmed by An Taoiseach Michéal Martin TD on 1st July 2021, alongside Ministers Darragh O’Brien TD, Eamon Ryan TD and Peter Burke TD at the Commissioners for Irish Lights Headquarters in Dún Laoghaire.

The Bill intends to put in place a comprehensive and coherent planning system for the entire Maritime Area. The fundamental elements of this system are as follows:

  • A forward planning regime for the maritime area;
  • A new streamlined development management system for the maritime area incorporating consenting for the occupation of the maritime area (Maritime Area Consents and licencing) and a new planning consenting regime (to be implemented by coastal local authorities and An Bord Pleanála);
  • The establishment of a new agency, the Maritime Area Regulatory Authority (MARA) to manage the occupation of the maritime area and to enforce the provisions of the new regime.

The Bill will now begin to move through the Dáil with high priority. Once the Bill has moved through the Dáil it will move through the Seanad, before being signed into law by the President. The text of the Bill and accompanying Explanatory Memorandum are available to view on the Oireachtas website at