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Longford County Development Plan 2021 - 2027

Longford County Council is commencing the review of the existing Longford County Development Plan 2015-2021 by preparing the new Longford County Development Plan 2021-2027. This webpage is designed to keep you up-to-date with the process of the preparation of the Longford County Development Plan 2021-2027 through each stage until the completion of the Plan in two years’ time.

National and Regional Strategic Context

The County Development Plan is a statutory document prepared by the Planning Authority in accordance with the requirements of the Planning & Development Act 2000 - 2018 (as amended) and the Planning & Development Regulations 2001-2019 (as amended).   The Development Plan is designed to set out the key policy context for the development of the county and is set within a hierarchy of national and regional spatial plans and guidelines.  Following the publication of the National Planning Framework (NPF) ‘Project Ireland 2040’ the Development Plan must be consistent with the Eastern and Midland Regional Spatial & Economic Strategy (RSES), which provides a strategic vision based on three key principles:

  • Healthy placemaking by promoting people’s quality of life
  • Climate action by enhancing the climate resilience and accelerating the transition of the Region to a low-carbon society
  • Economic opportunity by creating the right conditions for sustainable economic growth and quality jobs

Development Plan Preparation Process

The County Development Plan preparation process will involve public consultation at 3 stages, which will subsequently lead to and inform the preparation of the new County Development Plan as shown below:

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Stage 1: Pre-Draft

Notice is hereby given pursuant to Section 11(1) of the Planning and Development Acts, 2000-2019 (as amended) of the intention of Longford County Council to commence the review of the existing Longford County Development Plan 2015-2021 and to prepare a new Longford County Development Plan for the period 2021-2027. The preparation of the 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 County. 

Pursuant to the Planning and Development (Strategic Environmental Assessment) Regulations 2004-2011 (as amended), the Planning Authority proposes to carry out an environmental assessment as part of the review of the existing development plan and the preparation of a new development plan, and for this purpose, the Planning Authority will prepare an environmental report of the likely significant effects on the environment of implementing the new plan.   Pursuant to the Habitats Directive 92/43/EEC and the Planning and Development Acts, 2000-2019 (as amended), screening for Appropriate Assessment and, where relevant, an Appropriate Assessment of implementing the new plan will be undertaken. 

The preparation of the new plan is now underway at stage 1 of the process with the commencement of an 8-week public consultation period that takes place from Thursday 26th September until Friday 22nd November 2019 (inclusive).  You are hereby invited to make a submission to the Planning Authority in relation to the review of the Longford County Development Plan 2015-2021 and the preparation of the new Longford County Development Plan 2021-2027, including the Strategic Environmental Assessment and Appropriate Assessment processes. All submissions will be considered by the Planning Authority.

Public Consultation Issues Paper

To initiate Stage 1 of the County Development Plan making process, a Public Consultation Issues Paper has been prepared which is intended to stimulate discussion and to encourage public involvement at this early stage in the process so as to help identify what broad planning and development matters should be considered in the new County Development Plan.  The intention of the Issues Paper is to present a number of key questions to prompt debate on the issues facing County Longford.  It does not purport to cover all the issues but simply present some keys topics.

The Public Consultation Issues Paper can be viewed HERE

It is also available to view in the branch libraries in the county and at the Planning Department in Aras an Chontae, Great Water Street, Longford during office hours from 26/9/19 to 22/11/19 (both dates inclusive).  

Strategic Environmental Assessment Scoping Issues Paper

As the Development Plan will cover an area the population of which exceeds 10,000 persons or more, Strategic Environmental Assessment (SEA) is required by the above Regulations to be undertaken on the Plan.  This document can be viewed HERE

Public Consultation Events

Longford County Council are holding a number of public consultation sessions as follows:

Longford Branch Library: Monday 21st October, 3-6pm.

Granard Library: Tuesday 22nd October, 2-5pm.

Ballymahon Library: Thursday 24th October, 2-5 pm.

These meetings represent an opportunity for you to discuss issues in relation to the Plan preparation with a member of the Forward Planning Team and possibly help frame future policies and objectives of the County Development Plan.  If you consider that you have a disability which may affect your attendance and participation, please give details of any special requirements in order that appropriate arrangements can be made if necessary.

Making a Submission

Submissions or observations regarding the review of the existing Longford County Development Plan 2015-2021 and the preparation of the new Longford County Development Plan 2021-2027 may be made in writing to the Planning Authority from Thursday 26th  September 2019 to Friday 22nd November 2019 (both dates inclusive). Please note these submissions will be published along with your name in accordance with the Planning & Development (Amendment) Act 2018, but your contact details will not be published.

Children or Groups or Associations representing the interests of children, are entitled to make submissions or observations. 

Submissions Should:

  • Relate to the proper planning and sustainable development of County Longford, from broad policy issues to specific types of development in identified areas.
  • Not include zoning proposals at this pre-draft stage. Any submission requesting or proposing the zoning of any land for any use will not be considered at this stage.
  • Include a map if you refer to particular locations or features.
  • Be clear, concise, and to the point. If you need to make a lengthy submission, please attach an executive summary to it.
  • Include your name and address on a separate page to the content of your submission in order to assist Longford County Council in complying with the provisions of the Data Protection Act, as submission are legally required to be published on line.
  • Be in one medium only i.e. online, email or hard copy. This will avoid the duplication of submission reference number and will streamline the process.
  • Preferably be in typed format in the interests of legibility.

Submissions can be made via one of the following methods:

Online:Submissions are now closed
Hard Copy:

Administrative Officer,

Review of County Development Plan,

Forward Planning Department,

Áras An Chontae,

Great Water Street.


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It is requested that a submission or observation is only made via one medium only in order to avoid duplication of submissions.

Submissions must be received by Longford County Council no later than 4.00pm on Friday 22nd November 2019 as late submissions will not be accepted.

Submissions Received

Written submissions or observations received by a planning authority shall be published on the website of the authority within 10 working days of its receipt by that authority in accordance with section 11(3A) of the Planning & Development Act 2000-2018 (as amended).

Please click HERE to see written submissions or observations.

Please Click HERE to see Chief Executive Report on submissions received.

Privacy Statement

Please click HERE to see the Privacy Statement for the County Development Plan Process.

Next Stages

While the zoning of land will not be considered at this stage, there will be further opportunities to make submissions which will relate to the zoning of land when the Draft Plan is made available to the public (indicative date, Autumn 2020); and again should the Draft be amended by your Elected Representatives (indicative date, Summer 2021).  

Following on from the receipt and consideration of the submissions received and the preparation of a Draft Plan (indicative date Summer 2020), please keep an eye on the local newspaper and the Longford County Council website for notifications of further opportunities to make submissions at the second and third stages of public consultation, which will relate to the zoning of land.  

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