Prior to the establishment of the Eastern and Midland Regional Assembly on 1st January 2015, the three previous Regional Authorities within Eastern and Midland Region produced individual Regional Planning Guidelines (RPG’s).
These planning guidelines set out a strategic planning framework for their respective three areas and will remain in force until at least 2016.
The implementation of the RPGs are an integral part of the Government’s programme to enable Ireland’s planning system to play an important role in the national economic recovery by delivering a plan-led planning system where spatial plans are aligned to benefit the economy, environment and provide for an improved quality of life.
This process has sought to prioritise future infrastructural investment at a regional and local level, whilst promoting the growth of designated settlements.
It is proposed that the (RPG’s) will be replaced by a Regional Spatial & Economic Strategy for the region.
“The objective of regional spatial and economic strategies shall be to support the implementation of the National Spatial Strategy and the economic policies and objectives of the Government by providing a long-term strategic planning and economic framework for the development of the region for which the strategies are prepared which shall be consistent with the National Spatial Strategy and the economic policies or objectives of the Government.” (sec23 Planning and Development Act 2000)
The Eastern and Midland Regional Assembly, has twelve constituent local authorities split into three Strategic Planning Areas (see map) as follows –
|Dublin||Fingal, Dublin City, South Dublin, Dún Laoghaire-Rathdown|
|Eastern||Louth, Kildare, Meath, Wicklow|
|Midlands||Longford, Laois, Offaly, Westmeath|
Note: Louth is located in the Border NUTS III area but is now moving to the Eastern and Midland assembly region from the former BMW region.