Clare County Council is holding consultations on 2023 – 2029 Draft County Development Plan:
Clare County Council has prepared a Draft Clare County Development Plan 2023-2029 for the functional area of the Council and they are now seeking feedback from the public on the draft plan. A County Development Plan consists of a written statement and series of maps that describe how your local authority aims to use particular areas, for example, residential, industrial or agricultural areas. It also sets out development objectives for the area, such as plans to improve roads and local amenities. Each County or Local Authorities development plan is examined by the Office of the Planning Regulator to ensure that it is not in opposition to national and regional strategies. Development plans must also have an environmental report that highlights any significant environmental effect the plan may have.
The Draft Plan is open for submissions from interested groups and members of the public until March 28th 2022. Any person can make a submission on any aspect of the draft plan and these submissions can be made by post or online. For full details of how to make a submission go to the following link: Have your say | Clare County Council (clarecoco.ie)
The draft plan for Clare can now be read online at:
Draft County Development Plan: Clare County Council (clarecoco.ie)
It will also be on display in the following locations around the county:
- Áras Contae an Chláir, New Road, Ennis.
- Shannon Municipal District Office, Town Hall, Shannon.
- West Clare Municipal District Office, Town Hall, The Square, Kilrush.
- Ennistymon Area Office, Ennis Road, Ennistymon.
- Killaloe Municipal District Office, Mountshannon Road, Scarriff and
- At all public libraries in County Clare during opening hours.
Clare County Council are also holding a series of public consultations in various locations in Clare between now and February 10th 2022 and the table below lists the places and times of these consultations.
|Lisdoonvarna Pavillion, Lisdoonvarna
||Tuesday 25th January 2022
|Scouts Hall (beside Ennis Parish Office), Station Road, Ennis
||Wednesday 26th January 2022
|Clonlara Community Sports & Leisure Centre, Clonlara
||Thursday 27th January 2022
|Kilkee Community Hall, Kilkee
||Tuesday 1st February 2022
|Killaloe Hotel & Spa, Killaloe
||Wednesday 2nd February 2022
|Clarecastle Community Hall, Clarecastle
||Thursday 3rd February 2022
|Kilmihil Community Hall, Kilmihil
||Tuesday 8th February 2022
|Tulla Cultural Centre, Tulla
||Wednesday 9th February 2022
|Newmarket on Fergus Community Hall, Newmarket on Fergus
||Thursday 10th February 2022
Clare PPN made a submission to the Draft Limerick- Shannon Metropolitan Transport Strategy which you can read at the link below.
Clare PPN Submission to Limerick Shannon Metropolitan Transport Strategy 29th October 2020
Important update from Clare PPN on yesterday’s Clare County Council meeting.
Please note that we still need to seek clarity on some issues below as these are just based on our notes from yesterday and will need to be confirmed by official council minutes.
Update on Clare PPN’s Submissions to Clare County Council from their meeting of September 9th 2019
Yesterday, among other business, three items on which Clare PPN and our member groups had made submissions on were up for consideration by Clare County Council.
Those items were
• Clare County’s Draft Climate Adaptation Strategy 2019- 2024
• The Draft Scheme for Strategic Policy Committees 2019 – 2024
• Clare County’s Traveller Accommodation Strategy 2019- 2024
Clare PPN had contacted all Councillors seeking their support in advance of this meeting because it was brought to our attention that in particular the Draft Climate Adaptation Strategy was being presented to Councillors as originally drafted despite more than 29 individual submissions being received. One of those submissions was from Clare PPN and Clare Environmental Network and had been contributed to by 27 separate environmental groups in the County. We are grateful that a cross party group of Councillors sought and secured a special meeting of Clare County Council on the Draft Climate Adaptation Strategy. This will ensure that Councillors can consider each submission received and question the directors of service as to their decisions. This meeting will take place next Monday September 16th at 2pm in the Council Chamber and the gallery will be open to the public. We would encourage any of our members who made submissions to attend however we will also attend at take notes for feedback purposes.
As part of Clare PPN’s submissions to both the Draft Climate Adaptation Strategy 2019 -2024 and to the Draft Strategic Policy Committee 2019- 2024 we had requested that a separate dedicated Climate Change and Biodiversity Strategic Policy Committee be set up in Clare and that all other SPCs would have a minimum of one environmental representative seat. The proposal for a Climate Change and Biodiversity SPC was not agreed at yesterday’s meeting which is something that Clare PPN and our member groups consider a lost opportunity and it is something we will continue to campaign for. Several changes that we do welcome were proposed and seconded however by the Councillors and we look forward to seeing the following actions implemented:
-A full time Climate Change and Biodiversity Officer will be appointed from within existing staff resources to oversee Climate Change and Biodiversity Actions across all directorates.
-Each Strategic Policy Committee will have Climate Change and Biodiversity as a standing agenda item.
-Each Directorate will issue a monthly report on Climate Change and Biodiversity as part of their contribution to the Monthly Management Report.
We also note the proposals to rename/add areas of responsibility two existing Strategic Policy Committees as follows:
The Physical Development SPC will be renamed ‘SPC for Physical Development and Climate Change’ and the SPC for Economic Development will be renamed SPC for Economic Development and Biodiversity. On behalf of our members we seek clarification from the Council on the rationale for these changes, in particular we wish to ascertain the reason that Climate Change and Biodiversity are being separated and secondly how it was decided that biodiversity should sit with Economic Development. Clare PPN considers that the changes in responsibility for the above SPCs will necessitate extra seats for community environmental interests if they are to be effective. We will seek clarity from Clare County Council as to whether this has already been incorporated in the changes.
We thank the Councillors for their support in ensuring that the views of all of those who made submissions will be given consideration at Council level next Monday and for working to ensure that Climate Change and Biodiversity are made central to the work of all directorates in the Council. We look forward to working with them to ensure that these actions are implemented as soon as possible.
Submissions relating to the Traveller Community:
Our submission on the Draft Strategic Policy Scheme requested that the Local Traveller Accommodation Consultative Committee be reconfigured as a Strategic Policy Committee which is in line with a proposal made in an independently commissioned report for the National Traveller Accommodation Consultative Committee. This was not accepted and the LTACC will instead continue as a stand-alone committee, where issues raised may come before the Social Development SPC which deals with housing. Clare PPN is disappointed that this committee was not reconfigured as suggested however we remain committed to working alongside Travellers to ensure that successful and meaningful participation is possible for the Traveller Community in Clare.
Further to that we welcome the fact that the Draft Traveller Accommodation Programme 2019 – 2024 was not adopted at yesterday’s Council meeting and was deferred until next month’s meeting. We had expressed our concerns that this plan was being passed without involvement from the Traveller Community. We will seek clarity however from Clare County Council on whether during this deferred month the Draft Traveller Accommodation Programme will reopen for submissions and if so what efforts will be made by the Local Authority to ensure that the community affected by this accommodation programme have an opportunity to have their views heard. Clare PPN is willing to assist in this regard in whatever way we can.
Overall we feel that several progressive changes were agreed at yesterday’s council meeting and whilst some of the above needs clarification we are extremely glad that the above strategies were not passed without respect and consideration given to community engagement. We hope to see further progress being made, in particular in relation to the issue of a dedicated Climate Change and Biodiversity SPC and towards a respectful and meaningful engagement between the Traveller community and the local authority. We state Clare PPN’s own commitment to working to ensure that the public and in particular Community and voluntary groups in Clare are able to influence and input to Local Government decisions. Thanks to the Councillors for their work on all of the above and in particular our thanks to all of those who engaged with and participated in our submissions.
Please note that as we said above these are not official minutes from Clare County Council’s meeting but are notes taken as the meeting happened so we can’t guarantee that we have no inaccuracies – but we’ll confirm as we get all details and official reports.
Please click below to read Clare PPN and Clare Environmental Network’s Submission to the Draft Climate Adaptation Strategy 2019- 2024 submitted on August 9th 2019.
Clare PPN Submission in respect of Clare Draft Climate Change Adaptation Strategy August 2019
Clare PPN is hosting a working get together for those interested in the environment in County Clare.
It will take place on Monday July 29th from 6.30 – 9.30 pm in our premises in the Clonroad Business Park and we will provide lovely food from Moonbear catering, which means that it will be vegetarian and everything will be compostable for those attending because no one can work on an empty stomach.
Please email email@example.com if you want to attend so we know what numbers to expect.
At the meeting we want to:
-Go through Clare County Council’s Draft Climate Adaptation Strategy which is currently open for submissions to get your views and ideas on it for a group submission which we will submit and to help any individual or group to make their own submission. The deadline for submissions for this strategy is August 9th.
– Advise environmental groups and individuals of the forthcoming elections for seats on the strategic policy committees of Clare County Council and explain how and why people might want to be involved.
-Discuss the Clare Environmental Network and how it and/ or Clare PPN might better serve environmental groups over the next few years.
All those interested in working for environmental sustainability and to mitigate climate change are welcome.
Don’t forget to book by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org !