Publication of the Draft Galway City Development Plan 2023-2029

Galway City Council has prepared a Draft Galway City Development Plan for the period 2023-2029. The Draft Galway City Development Plan 2023-2029 sets out Galway City Council’s policies and objectives to guide the sustainable development of the City over the lifetime of the Plan to 2029. It provides an integrated, coherent spatial framework which has been prepared following extensive consultation with members of the public, statutory bodies and relevant stakeholders.

The Draft Galway City Development Plan 2023-2029 public consultation phase has commenced and will run from Friday 28th January 2022 to Wednesday 13th April 2022 (inclusive).  Submissions can be made online at https://consult.galwaycity.ie/en/consultation/draft-galway-city-development-plan-2023-2029, By email to devplan@galwaycity.ie, or by post to Senior Planner, Planning Department, Galway City Council, College Road, Galway, H91 X4K8.

Publication of the Draft Clare County Development Plan 2023-2029

Clare County Council have now commenced Stage 2 of the Development Plan making process which includes the publication of the Draft Clare County Development Plan 2023-2029 and an invitation to the public to make submissions.

The Draft Clare County Development Plan 2023-2029 with associated Environmental Report and Natura Impact Report will be on public display on 10th December, 2021 to 28th March 2022. Submissions can be made online at https://survey123.arcgis.com/share/ecefda0439624717b834772960f7ea03, in writing to Draft Clare County Development Plan 2023-2029, Planning Department, Clare County Council, New Road, Ennis, Co Clare. V95 DXP2, or by email to  devplan@clarecoco.ie with a subject headline reading “Submission to Draft Clare County Development Plan 2023-2029”.

Commencement of Section 23(4) of the Planning and Development (Amendment) Act 2018

Section 23(4) of the Planning and Development (Amendment) Act 2018 how now been commenced, which provides each planning authority with a period of 8 weeks within which to agree planning compliance submissions on points of details. Where a planning authority does not respond to planning compliance submissions within this 8 week period, the planning authority is deemed to have agreed to the points as submitted.

Section 23(4) is worded as follows:

(4) Section 34 of the Principal Act is amended by substituting the following for subsection (5):

“(5) The conditions under subsection (1) may provide that points of detail relating to a grant of permission be agreed between the planning authority and the person carrying out the development and, accordingly—

(a) where for that purpose that person has submitted to the planning authority concerned such points of detail, then that authority shall, within 8 weeks of those points being so submitted, or such longer period as may be agreed between them in writing, either—

(i) reach agreement with that person on those points, or

(ii) where that authority and that person cannot so agree on those points, that authority may—

  • advise that person accordingly in writing, or
  • refer the matter to the Board for its determination,

and, where clause (I) applies, that person may, within 4 weeks of being so advised, refer the matter to the Board for its determination,

or

(b) where none of the events referred to in subparagraph (i) or in clause (I) or (II) of subparagraph (ii) occur within those 8 weeks or such longer period as may have been so agreed, then that authority shall be deemed to have agreed to the points of detail as so submitted.”.

Local Government Online Planning Portal – Galway County Council & Tipperary County Council

The Local Government Online Planning Portal is now live for Galway County Council and Tipperary County Council. This e-planning portal has been designed to streamline the planning application process. The online portal creates an environmentally friendly process that is user friendly, moving towards a paperless domain.

Housing for All – Croí Cónaithe (Cities) Fund

The Government’s “Housing for All, a new Housing Plan for Ireland”, launched in September 2021, represents the Government’s commitment to sustainable and long-term planning and investment in our housing system. A key component in achieving sustainable homes and communities is the new Croí Cónaithe (Cities) Fund. The Housing Agency is managing the Croí Cónaithe (Cities) Fund on behalf of the Department of Housing, Local Government and Heritage.

The Fund aims to activate the delivery of apartments in high demand areas in our cities for sale to individual purchasers. The first step to achieving this is to ensure that apartment developments with planning permissions in place are built and occupied. The criteria for availing of the fund are as follows:

  • The Agency will be seeking proposals in city areas in Dublin, Cork, Limerick, Galway, Waterford.
  • Full grant of planning approval must be in place by 31st January 2022.
  • Apartment blocks included in proposals must be at least 4 storeys high
  • Proposal can include entire schemes or portions / phases.
  • Apartment blocks must not have started construction at the time of submission. If the apartment blocks form part of a larger scheme, the other portions of the scheme may have commenced or been completed.

Enactment of the Planning and Development (Amendment) (Large-scale Residential Development) Bill 2021

The Planning and Development (Amendment) (Large-scale Residential Development) Bill 2021 has been signed into law by the President of Ireland as of December 14th, 2021. The Bill will continue to expedite the delivery of housing development of 100 or more units and will conclude the Strategic Housing Development process. The Bill will also deliver on the commitments in “Housing For All, a new Housing Plan for Ireland”.

Maritime Area Planning Bill 2021

The Maritime Area Planning Bill 2021 has passed through all stages of the Oireachtas as of December 17th, 2021. This Bill represents the biggest reform of marine governance since the foundation of the State, with a legal and administrative framework to support a marine environment that Ireland can use, enjoy and benefit from socially, environmentally and economically. The Bill establishes in law a new planning regime for the maritime area and will be a key enabler of decarbonisation of Ireland’s energy sources and the development of offshore energy. The Bill is also a key component of the National Marine Planning Framework (NMPF), Ireland’s first national framework for managing marine activities, launched in July 2021.

Goodwill Payments for Construction of Greenways

The State is set to offer tens of millions in goodwill payments to landowners who sell their land to facilitate the construction of greenways as part of a national agreement. The agreement is the product of the Working Group for the Code of Best Practice for National and Regional Greenways and has been 2½ years in the making. The agreement, between a number of stakeholders will see landowners offered an initial flat payment of €3,250 and a sum per linear metre of land for their co-operation. The payment, known as a “sustainability payment” will be paid in addition to the purchase price of the land involved.

‘Close to Home– Exploring 15-Minute Urban Living in Ireland’ Report

The Close to Home – Exploring 15-Minute Urban Living in Ireland report was published by Hassell in October 2021. The report explores the way in which the concept of the 15-Minute City could be established in Ireland. The report analyses five Irish cities including Waterford, Galway, Limerick, Cork, and Dublin. The report has found that there is considerable alignment between Irelands drive towards more compact, sustainable, and equitable urbanism, and the key principles of the 15-minute city. One in three Irish people have stated that they would like to live in a 15-minute city with easy access to amenities, while two in three people would like to be able to walk to a grocery store, public transport stop, or recreational destination in 15-minutes or less. It is concluded that the 15-minute city has great potential to be implemented in Ireland. The full report can be found at https://www.hassellstudio.com/research/close-to-home-exploring-15-minute-urban-living-in-ireland-and-beyond

Additional Open Consultations on Statutory Plans

Draft Kerry County Development Plan 2022-2028

The Draft Kerry County Development Plan 2022-2028 has been prepared in accordance with the provision of the Planning and Development Act 2000 (as amended). The Draft Plan is on public display from Monday 6th December 2021 to Wednesday 23rd February 2022 (both dates inclusive).

Submissions and observations are welcome and may be made either in electronic format at https://consult.kerrycoco.ie/ by using the ‘Make a Submission’ function, or in writing to Damien Ginty, Senior Planner, Planning Policy Unit, Kerry County Council, Rathass, Tralee, Co. Kerry, V92H7BT. Submissions in writing are to be clearly marked with ‘KERRY COUNTY DEVELOPMENT PLAN’.

Draft Dublin City Development Plan 2022-202

Dublin City Council is preparing a new Dublin City Development Plan. Stage 2 of the review process commenced on the 25th November 2021 with the public display of the Draft Development Plan. The public are invited to get involved in the review process and provide their views on the Draft Plan and its associated documentation.

Submissions and observations are welcomed throughout the public consultation period which will end at 4.30 pm on the 14th February 2022. All submissions will be published online in accordance with the requirements of the Planning Act. Submission can be made on the online consultation portal at https://consult.dublincity.ie/en/consultation/draft-dublin-city-development-plan-2022-2028, or by post to Development Plan Team, Planning and Property Development Department, Dublin City Council, Wood Quay, Dublin 8.

Proposed Variation 3 & 4 to the Monaghan County Development Plan 2019-2025

Notice is hereby given pursuant to Section 13 of the Planning and Development Act 2000 (as amended) that Monaghan County Council proposes to make a variation (Variation No.3) to the Monaghan County Development Plan 2019-2025.

Proposed Variation No.3 includes a new objective MPO 15 to, ‘Ensure that all development proposals within the Dublin Street North Regeneration Plan area have regard to the regeneration strategy and development objectives of the Dublin Street North Regeneration Plan.’

Proposed Variation No.4 includes a new objective MPO 16 to, ‘Ensure that all development proposals within the Roosky Lands Master Plan area have regard to the master plan strategy and development objectives of the Roosky Lands Master Plan.’

Written submissions or observations with respect to the proposed variation made to the Planning Authority before 5pm on 11th February 2022 will be taken into consideration before the making of the variation. Written submissions or observations should be submitted to Planning Offices of Monaghan County Council, 1 Dublin Street, Monaghan H18 X982 OR by email to devplan@monaghancoco.ie