Clare PPN’s submissions to the Draft County Development Plan 2023-2029
Clare PPN has been participating since 2020 in the process of creating a new County Development Plan (CDP) for Clare. Last month (March 2022), we made two submissions to the Draft Clare CDP 2023-2029, one on behalf of our Social Inclusion College, the other on behalf of our Environmental College and the Clare Environmental Network.
The public consultation period for this Plan has now closed.
You can read our final Social Inclusion submission here:
Clare PPN Social Inclusion Submission to Clare County Development Plan
You can read our final Environmental submission here:
Clare PPN Environmental Submission to Clare County Development Plan
Ireland’s planning system explained
Resources from the Office of the Planning Regulator
There is currently a public consultation on the Draft Clare County Development Plan 2023-2029, with the deadline for submissions just seven weeks away on 28th March. With that in mind, we wanted to share some really useful resources from the Office of the Planning Regulator (OPR), covering Ireland’s planning system.
The OPR’s wide range of training resources include very clear and informative slides, infographics and leaflets that explain how Ireland’s planning system functions, the role of the local authority, how County Development Plans are drawn up and implemented and the role of the Office of the Planning Regulator.
These resources were created as part of training courses delivered by the OPR and in some cases they include recordings of the training sessions. Some of the key topics covered include: Introduction to the Planning System, Stages of the Development Plan, the Planning Process, and more recently they have delivered training in more specialised topics such as Housing and Climate. Here is a list of training events:
• ‘Introduction to Planning System’
• ‘Plan Making Process’
• ‘Role of Elected Member’
• ‘Guidance for Councillors on the Initial Stages of Preparing Development Plans and their Core Strategies’
• ‘Consideration and Finalisation of the Draft Development Plan’
• ‘Implementation of the Development Plan and the Development Management Process’
• ‘The Decision on the Planning Application and Appeal’
• ‘An Overview of Planning Enforcement Functions’
• ‘Housing Supply Targets and Core Strategies’
• ‘Rural Planning and Development Policy’
• ‘Delivery of High Quality Housing Appropriate to its Setting’
• ‘On and Offshore Renewables’
• ‘How to Implement National Renewable Energy Targets in Development Plans’
• Sustainable Travel and Transport Planning and Local Authority Development Plans’
More broadly, the OPR’s ‘Public Awareness’ page provides easy access to a wealth of information relating to planning and hosts: an ‘Introduction to Planning’ page, an online Planning Library, Technical Glossary and Acronym List.
The OPR was established in April 2019 on foot of recommendations made by the the Mahon Tribunal. Its role is to ensure local authorities and An Bord Pleanála support and implement Government planning policy. It also implements planning research, training and public awareness in order to promote the public’s engagement in the planning process and to enhance knowledge and public information about planning in Ireland. Learn more about the OPR at this page, which includes a video.
Find out more about the Draft Clare County Development Plan 2023-2029 and how to make a submission at this page on the Clare PPN website.
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