Current Stage - Public Consultation on the Draft Plan 2021-2027
The closing date for submissions on the Draft Westmeath County Development Plan 2021-2027 expired on the 30th June 2020. A total of 158 submissions were received in relation to the Draft Plan.
Westmeath County Council wishes to express its appreciation to those who made submissions on the Draft Plan.
A report has been prepared on the submissions received; summarising the issues raised and outlining the response of the Chief Executive to same, including recommendations for changes to the Draft Development Plan where appropriate to address the issues raised.
This report was circulated to the Elected Members of Westmeath County Council on the 21st September 2020.
The consideration of the Draft Plan and the Chief Executive's Report must be completed within 12 weeks of circulation i.e. by 13th December 2020. In this regard, a special meeting of the Council to formally consider all matters contained within the Chief Executives report will take place on the 16th November 2020.
The Draft County Development Plan 2021-2027 can be viewed on the Westmeath County Councils public consultatation portal at
Westmeath County Council commenced the County Development Plan review process on 16th February 2018. Following the adoption of the RSES by the Eastern and Midland Regional Assembly on 28th June 2019, Westmeath County Council has recommenced the review of the existing Westmeath County Development Plan by preparing the new County Development Plan 2021-2027.
The County Development Plan is a statutory document prepared by the Planning Authority in accordance with the requirements of the Planning & Development Act 2000 (as amended) and the Planning & Development Regulations 2001 (as amended).
The purpose of the Development Plan is to provide a strategic framework, setting out key policies and objectives for a new integrated land use strategy, and the proper planning and sustainable development of the county. The Development Plan is designed to set out the key policy context for the development of the county and is set within a hierarchy of national and regional spatial plans and guidelines.
Development Plan Preparation Process: Stage 1 Pre-Draft
To initiate Stage 1 of the Plan making process, the Council prepared an Issues Paper booklet to present a broad overview of the main issues for consideration in this review process. The intention of the Issues Paper is to present a number of key questions to prompt debate on the issues facing County Westmeath. They do not purport to cover all the issues but simply present some keys topics.
Please click here to view the Issues Paper booklet
The Chief Executive Report on the Pre-draft Consultation Phase of the CDP was issued to Elected Members in June 2018. The Chief Executive’s Report on the Pre-Draft Consultation Report summarises the submissions by topic and outlines the Chief Executive’s Policy Recommendations per topic. At the July Council meeting, the Elected Members endorsed the CE Report and issued Strategic Direction on the content of the Draft Plan.
Please click here to view the CE Report on Pre Draft Consultation Stage of the Draft Westmeath CDP 2020-2026 and Strategic Direction on the Draft Westmeath CDP 2020-2026