NOTICE OF INFORMATION EVENINGS REGARDING THE REVIEW OF THE MEATH COUNTY DEVELOPMENT PLAN

To enable the new plan reflect the broad wishes of the local community, the general public is invited to attend information evenings regarding the preparation of the County Development Plan Review 2013-2019.

Venues, dates and times are as follows:

Kells Town Council – Tuesday 22nd March – 7pm to 9pm

Duleek Area Office – Thursday 24th March – 7pm to 9pm

Dunshaughlin Area Office – Monday 28th March – 7pm to 9pm

Trim Library – Tuesday 29th March – 7pm to 9pm

Planning Office, Abbey Road, Navan – Thursday 31st March – 7pm to 9pm

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Strategic Issues Paper

In order to stimulate debate and encourage participation in the Development Plan process a Strategic Issues Paper has been prepared.

The purpose of this issues paper is to describe some of the characteristics and features of the county, recent trends in development and likely influences on the development plan. It is intended to stimulate debate and to encourage people to think about County Meath, what it represents and means to them, what are the important subjects that the next development plan should address and what are suitable policies and objectives that could be included in the plan.

The paper is not exhaustive in terms of questions or issues raised, but is designed to act as a starting point.

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Meath County Council have commenced the review of the Meath County Development Plan 2007-2013

Pursuant to Section 11(1) of the Planning and Development Acts, 2000-2010, Meath County Council have given notice of their intention to commence its review of the existing Meath County Development Plan 2007-2013 and to prepare a new County Development Plan.

The preparation of a new development plan shall be strategic in nature for the purposes of developing objectives and policies to deliver an overall strategy for the proper planning and sustainable development of the area of the development plan and the core strategy.

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What is a Development Plan? Why is it important?

What is a Development Plan?

A development plan is a document which details the overall strategy of the council for the proper planning and sustainable development of an area and generally consists of a written statement and accompanying maps. The plan usually includes the broad aims of the council for specific topics, e.g. housing, infrastructure, community facilities which are reinforced by more detailed policies and objectives.

Why is it important?

The Meath County Development Plan will provide the main public statement of planning policies and objectives at county level. The policies and objectives can be critical in determining the appropriate location and form of different types of development as the development plan is one of the factors against which planning applications are assessed.

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Development Plan Review Process

A development plan is in force for a period of 6 years. The process of reviewing the development plan must begin 4 years after the making of the last development plan.

The current Meath County Development Plan was adopted on 2nd March 2007, therefore the review process is now commencing.

The Development Plan process comprises of 3 stages i.e.
1) Pre-Draft
2) Draft Development Plan and
3) Amendments to Draft
as illustrated in the table below.

Breakdown of stages for county development plan process

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