Westmeath County Council have launched a public consultation on the Draft Westmeath County Development Plan.
The consultation, from 28 February 2020 until 5 May 2020, provides an opportunity for members of the public, businesses, community groups and stakeholders across County Westmeath to have their say on the future development of the County. The Plan details the overall strategy of the Council for the proper planning and sustainable development of Westmeath over a six-year period from 2021-2027.
Your contribution and engagement is important in the creation of a framework to guide the future development of Westmeath based on a shared vision. If you would like to discuss or clarify any of the information below, which was provided by Westmeath County Council, please do not hesitate in contacting me.
“The policies and objectives of the Plan aim to maintain and enhance the strong sense of identity in the development of the County and to promote a strong and vibrant outlook for its future.
Supporting sustainable communities, with an emphasis on regeneration through place-making; improved quality of life; natural and built heritage; tourism; economic sustainability and how we respond to climate change are important considerations at present and the efficient use of resources is a recurrent theme throughout the Plan. The Plan will also influence capital investment, both public and private, as well as guiding the provision of important infrastructure.”
Public Information Sessions
A number of Public Information Drop-In Sessions will be held during the consultation period, to which all members of the public and other interested groups are invited, as follows:
|Mullingar Library, Áras an Chontae, Mullingar||Tuesday 3rd March 2020||3.00pm-7.00pm|
|Castlepollard Civic Offices, Castlepollard||Wednesday 4th March 2020||3.00pm-7.00pm|
|Moate Library, Moate||Thursday 5th March 2020||3.00pm-7.00pm|
|Aidan Heavy Library, Civic Centre, Athlone||Tuesday 10th March 2020||3.00pm-7.00pm|
Where to view the Draft Plan – Online Portal
Copies of the Draft Plan are available for purchase from the Planning Department, Áras an Chontae, Mount Street, Mullingar.
How to make a Submission
The process is quite simple – you can make a submission via the online portal (preferable) or in writing as follows:
• Online: at https://consult.westmeathcoco.ie/
• In writing to: Administrative Officer, Forward Planning, Westmeath County Council, Civic Offices, Mount Street, Mullingar, Co. Westmeath, N91 FH4
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. via the online portal or by post.
Closing Date for Submissions
Written submissions must be made in writing no later than 5.00pm on Tuesday 5th May 2020.