Adoption of Regional Spatial and Economic Strategy

The elected members of the Eastern and Midland Regional Assembly (EMRA) agreed to make the Regional Spatial and Economic Strategy (RSES) 2019-2031, on June 28th 2019. 
The RSES replaces the previous Regional Planning Guidelines and provides a spatial strategy for the future physical, economic and social development of the Eastern & Midland Region, which covers the nine counties of Dublin, Louth, Meath, Kildare, Wicklow, Longford, Westmeath, Laois and Offaly.
The RSES is now available, together with supporting documents at the following link; Final RSES

Draft Ministerial Direction

 On 7th August, 2019 the Minister for Housing, Planning and Local Government issued EMRA with a Notice of Intent to Issue a Ministerial Direction, pursuant to section 31A of the Planning and Development Act 2000 (as amended), relating to the RSES.

Process of making an RSES

In preparing the Regional Spatial and Economic Strategy (RSES) EMRA engaged in extensive evidence gathering and a dedicated collaborative approach with local authorities, State Agencies, public bodies, and other interest groups. The process included three formal public consultation periods – at Issues Paper, Draft RSES and Material Amendments stage – and a parallel iterative process of Strategic Environmental Assessment.

Further information and supporting documents, for each stage of making the RSES are available here;

Proposed Material Amendments – Directors Report and Submissions received
Proposed Material Amendments – Public Consultation
Draft RSES – Directors Report and Submissions received
Draft RSES – Public Consultation
Issues paper – Public Consultation
SEA Scoping Report
AA Screening Determination


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