Introduction

The Eastern and Midland Regional Assembly are currently undergoing the process of formulating and adopting a Regional Spatial and Economic Strategy for the Region.

What is an RSES?

A RSES is a strategic plan which identifies regional assets, opportunities and pressures and provides appropriate policy responses in the form of Regional Policy Objectives (RPOs). At this strategic level it provides a framework for investment to better manage regional planning and economic development throughout the Region.

The principal statutory purpose of the RSES is to support the implementation of Project Ireland 2040 – The National Planning Framework (NPF) and National Development Plan (NDP), 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.

The RSES is required under the Planning and Development Act 2000 (as amended) to address Employment, Retail, Housing, Transport, Water services, Energy and communications, Waste management, Education, health, sports and community facilities, Environment and heritage, Landscape, Sustainable development and climate change.

PROPOSED MATERIAL AMENDMENTS – REPORT

ONLINE SUBMISSIONS FORM

Purpose of this report

This report is presenting the proposed material amendments to the draft Regional Spatial and Economic Strategy.  The members of the Regional Assembly at the meeting of 1st March 2019 considered the submissions received during the public consultation of the draft RSES and decided to propose amendments to the draft RSES.

This report contains the proposed material amendments that were agreed by the members of the Regional Assembly.

How to read this report

The proposed material amendments to the Draft Regional Spatial and Economic Strategy for the Eastern and Midland Region are numbered and set out in this document.

The proposed material amendments are set out in a sequential order following the layout and as they appear in the Draft RSES – it follows the same chapter and section numbering as the draft RSES, and should be read in conjunction with the draft RSES.

The proposed material amendments consist of amendments to existing policy, omissions of existing policy or new policy in the draft RSES.   Where possible the amendments to existing Regional Policy Objectives (RPOs) are identified in green bold text, however in some cases the proposed amendment is so significant that this is not the case.

To assist in the interpretation of the proposed material amendment to the RPOs an appendix has been included with all the RPOs in the draft RSES and where there are proposed amendments to these RPOs.

For information purposes the Director’s Report on submissions received on the public consultation for the draft RSES, and all the submissions received will be available on www.emra.ie for viewing.

To note only proposed material amendments are being placed on public display.

 

Process to date

 

The Assembly commenced the process with an Issues Paper that was made available for public comment between 20th November 2017 and 16th February 2018.  It sought submissions on relevant strategic planning and economic development matters. 171 submissions were received during the consultation process and a Director’s Report on the submissions was prepared.

The evidence gathered during this period, and the comments received, was assessed and incorporated into the making of the draft RSES.

A series of consultations were undertaken during the process including meetings with Local Authorities, State Agencies and other public bodies. Five Technical Working Groups were set up under the four themes and in relation to the Dublin Metropolitan Area (MASP) and a series of workshops were held with relevant stakeholders.

The Assembly is also arranged into three Strategic Planning Area (SPA) Committees consisting of elected members, which feed into the RSES process. There is also a Senior Officials Advisory Group, made up of representatives from Local Authorities, Government Departments and public agencies that provides a strategic advisory role during the process.

At the meeting of the 19th October 2018, the Eastern and Midland Regional Assembly (EMRA) prepared a draft Regional Spatial and Economic Strategy for the Eastern and Midland Region period 2019-2031, as required under section 24(4) of the Planning and Development Acts 2000-2018.

The Assembly gave notice that a draft Regional Spatial and Economic Strategy was available for Public Consultation, and that submissions are invited from interested parties from the 5th November 2018 to the 23rd January 2019 inclusive.  315 submissions were received during this public consultation process, as well as 2 late submissions.

A Director’s report on the submissions was prepared for the members of the Assembly and was issued to the members on 13th February and presented at the Assembly meeting of the 15th February.  The members then submitted 29 no. valid motions for proposed amendments to the draft RSES by the 25th February.  A Director’s report in response to these motions was issued on the 27th February.  At the Assembly meeting of 1st March 2019, as required under section 24(8) of the Planning and Development Acts 2000-2018, the members considered the motions, then the Director’s Report and recommendations, except where it was superseded by the agreed motions.

At this meeting the members of the Assembly agreed to make the regional spatial and economic strategy subject to the amendments agreed at the meeting.  It was deemed that a number of these amendments were material and as such, would be subject to a further public display period in accordance with the requirements of section 24(8) of the Planning and Development Acts 2000-2018.  To note it is only these proposed material amendments that are being placed on display and to which submissions can relate.

 

Public Consultation

The Eastern and Midland Regional Assembly have proposed material amendments to the draft Regional Spatial and Economic Strategy for the period 2019-2031, as required under section 24 (8) of the Planning and Development Acts 2000-2018.

The Environmental Report has been updated in accordance with the SEA Directive and the Planning and Development (Strategic Environmental Assessment) Regulations S.I. No. 436/2004 (as amended), accompanied by a Regional Flood Risk Appraisal Report. A Natura Impact Report (to inform the Appropriate Assessment) has also been updated in accordance with Article 6 of the Habitats Directive, the Planning and Development Act 2000-2018, and the European Communities (Birds and Natural Habitats) Regulations S.I. No. 477/2001 (as amended).

These documents are placed on public display and a copy may be inspected during normal office hours from 15th March 2019 to 12th April 2019 at the following locations:

  • Eastern & Midland Regional Assembly,

3rdFloor North, Ballymun Civic Centre,

Main Street, Ballymun, Dublin, D09 C8P5

  • The Planning Counter in all of the twelve constituent local authorities of the Eastern &

Midland Regional Assembly, please check locally with your Council regarding opening hours

The documents may also be inspected online at www.emra.ie

Submissions or observations on the proposed material amendments only as set out in this report or the associated environmental report will be received between 15th March 2019 and 12th April 2019 (both dates inclusive) through one of the following media:

3rd Floor North, Ballymun Civic Centre,

Main Street, Ballymun, Dublin, D09 C8P5

The Regional Assembly will consider all relevant submissions made in writing within the stated period before adopting the Regional Spatial and Economic Strategy.

All submissions will be acknowledged but it will not be possible to issue individual responses.

Please include the proposed amendment reference number (blue text in this document) as shown in this document to demonstrate validity of the submission.  Also state your name and address as part of your submission, and if you are representing another person, company or organisation, their full name and address.

Please note that public submissions may be published on our website and subject to Freedom of Information.

 

Next Stages

Following the public consultation of the proposed material amendments the members of the Regional Assembly shall make the regional spatial and economic strategy with or without the proposed material amendments.

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