Notice of Draft Ministerial Direction in the matter of Section 31 of the Planning & Development Act 2000 as amended Westmeath County Development Plan 2021-2027

Closeddate_range11 May, 2021, 9:00am - 24 May, 2021, 5:00pm

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WESTMEATH COUNTY COUNCIL

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PLANNING AND DEVELOPMENT ACT 2000 (as amended)

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Westmeath County Development Plan 2021-2027 Direction 2021

On 29 April 2021, the Minister of State at the Department of the Housing, Local Government and Heritage, consequent to a recommendation made to him by the Office of the Planning Regulator under section 31AM(8) of the Planning and Development Act 2000 (as amended), notified Westmeath County Council of his intention to issue a Direction to the Westmeath County Development Plan 2021-2027.

The Draft Ministerial Direction relates to the Westmeath County Development Plan 2021-2027.

Draft Direction

You can review the Draft Direction together with the Westmeath County Development Plan 2021-2027 and associated documents and maps both or at Westmeath County Council, Civic Offices, Mount Street, Mullingar, as outlined below. 

A copy of the Draft Ministerial Direction is available to view here.

Please click here to view the adopted Westmeath County Development Plan 2021-2027.

[For reference please note;]

  • The policy objectives supporting wind and renewal energy development are available to view in Chapters 10 and 11 of the Written Statement, Volume 1.   
  • The Landscape Character Assessment Map No 68 and Wind Energy Capacity Map No 69 are available to view in the Book of Maps , Volume 2. 
Have your say

You can make online or postal submissions to the Draft Direction. Submissions must be made in writing no later than 5.00pm 24 May 2021. 

How to make a submission

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. online or hard copy.

Submissions/Observations may be made either directly here using this website or by post. Emailed submissions will not be accepted. Please note that observations or submissions will be made public on the website and at the offices of the Planning Department.

Online submission

To make an online submission, register for an account today.  This is a one-time process for all Westmeath County Council public consultations. You will receive an email with a link to activated your registration. Click on the link to log in and make a submission.

Or

Make a postal submission

By post to: Administrative Officer, Forward Planning, Westmeath County Council, Civic Offices, Mount Street, Mullingar, Co. Westmeath, N91 FH4N

Written observations or submissions should be marked ‘Draft Ministerial Direction to Westmeath County Development Plan 2021-2027’, and submitted to the Administrative Officer, Planning Department, Westmeath County Council, Aras An Chontae, Mount Street, Mullingar, N91 FH4N. Observations or submissions must include the full name and address of the person(s) making the submission and where relevant, the body or organisation represented. 

All submissions or observations made in respect of the Draft Direction, during this period, shall be taken into consideration by the Office of the Planning Regulator before it makes a recommendation to the Minister on the matter. 

Note: Requirement for names and addresses

Any submission should state your name, address and where relevant, the body or organisation represented. All submissions will form part of the statutory Chief Executive’s Report to be presented to the full Council.

Please be aware that this will include the names and addresses of those making the submissions.

Accordingly, the report and its contents will be included in the minutes of that meeting and consequently will be published on our website and may be shared with relevant Council and Government Departments or their agents involved in the process and may form part of reports linked to the making of any Direction.

Locations for Display of the Draft Plan

The Draft Ministerial Direction will be on display on this consultaiton portal and during normal office hours (in line with Covid-19 arrangements and excluding public holidays), at the offices of Westmeath County Council, Áras an Chontae, Mount Street, Mullingar from 11 May 2021 to 24 May 2021 (inclusive).

Copies of the Draft Ministerial Direction and associated documentation are available for purchase from the Planning Department, Áras an Chontae, Mount Street, Mullingar. For further information please phone 044 933 2165. 

The personal information (data) collected during the consultation process (which may include the collection of sensitive personal data) is collected for the purpose of receiving and dealing with submissions and any data collected  is subject to Westmeath County Council’s privacy statement which can be found at: http://www.westmeathcoco.ie/en/ourservices/yourcouncil/privacy/privacynotice.

You are invited to make submissions to the Council in respect of the draft Direction, between 11 May 2021 and 24 May 2021 (5.00pm) via this online platform or in writing to:

Administrative Officer, Central Planning, Westmeath County Council, County Buildings, Mullingar, Co Westmeath. 

Please use one medium only.

All submissions or observations made in respect of the draft Direction, during this period, shall be taken into consideration by the Office of the Planning Regulator before it makes a recommendation to the Minister on the matter.