Westmeath County Council have launched a public consultation on the Draft Westmeath County Development Plan.
The public consultation, from 28 February 2020 until 5 May 2020, provides an opportunity for members of the public, businesses, community groups and stakeholders across Westmeath to have their say on the future development of the County.
The Development Plan is an important policy document that has the potential to directly impact every individual and group living and working in County Westmeath. The Plan details the overall strategy of the Council for the proper planning and sustainable development of Westmeath over a six-year period from 2021-2027.
The Development Plan represents an economic, social, cultural and environmental blueprint for the future planning, growth and development of County Westmeath. The policies and objectives of the Plan aim to maintain and enhance the strong sense of identity in the development of the County and to promote a strong and vibrant outlook for its future.
Supporting sustainable communities, with an emphasis on regeneration through place-making; improved quality of life; natural and built heritage; tourism; economic sustainability and how we respond to climate change are important considerations at present and the efficient use of resources is a recurrent theme throughout the Plan. The Plan will also influence capital investment, both public and private, as well as guiding the provision of important infrastructure.
Ultimately, the Development Plan seeks to develop and improve, in a sustainable manner, the social, economic, environmental and cultural assets of the County, to help make Westmeath the best place it can be, for everyone, now and in the future.
A number of Public Information Drop-In Sessions will be held during the consultation period, to which all members of the public and other interested groups are invited, as follows:
|Mullingar Library, Áras an Chontae, Mullingar||Tuesday 3rd March 2020||3.00pm-7.00pm|
|Castlepollard Civic Offices, Castlepollard||Wednesday 4th March 2020||3.00pm-7.00pm|
|Moate Library, Moate||Thursday 5th March 2020||3.00pm-7.00pm|
|Aidan Heavy Library, Civic Centre, Athlone||Tuesday 10th March 2020||3.00pm-7.00pm|
The Draft Westmeath County Development Plan and accompanying documentation will be on display at the locations listed hereunder from 28th February, 2020 until the 5th May 2020 inclusive (excluding public holidays):
Westmeath County Council Offices: Monday to Friday - 9.00am to 4.00pm
• Áras an Chontae, Mullingar
• Athlone Civic Centre, Athlone
• Civic Offices, Castlepollard
Westmeath Libraries: Please check locally for opening hours
• Westmeath County Library, Áras an Chontae, Mullingar
• Aidan Heavy Library, Athlone Civic Centre
• Castlepollard Library, Castlepollard
Copies of the Draft Plan are available for purchase from the Planning Department, Áras an Chontae, Mount Street, Mullingar.
The process is quite simple - you can make a submission via the online portal (preferable) or in writing as follows:
• Online: at https://consult.westmeathcoco.ie/
• In writing to: Administrative Officer, Forward Planning, Westmeath County Council, Civic Offices, Mount Street, Mullingar, Co. Westmeath, N91 FH4
Submissions must include the full name and address of the person(s) making the submission and where relevant, the body or organisation represented.
Submissions should be in ONE medium only i.e. via the online portal or by post.
Written submissions must be made in writing no later than 5.00pm on Tuesday 5th May 2020.
Your engagement is important in the creation of a framework to guide the future development of Westmeath based on a shared vision.
This is your opportunity to get involved in shaping the future of your County!
The deadline for submissions is the 5th May 2020 @ 5pm.
Content Last Updated/Reviewed: 28/02/2020