Current Stage - Public Consultation on the Draft Plan 2021-2027
In the context of the most up-to-date public health advice during this COVID-19 Emergency, the Government has further extended the time periods associated with statutory processes under the Planning and Development Acts.
In this regard, the public consultation period relating to submissions and observations in association with the Draft Westmeath County Development Plan 2021-2027 has been extended by 52 days from the date of the original order, i.e. 29th March 2020, or until such further time as determined by the Minister for Housing Planning and Local Government (further details will be provided in the event of a further extension of the public consultation period).
You can continue to make submissions to the Draft Westmeath County Development Plan, via the online consultation portal or in writing up until 5.00pm on the extended date of Tuesday the 30th June 2020.
We would welcome any submissions you would like to make on the content of the Draft Plan during this timeframe.
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