Draft Regional Spatial and Economic Strategies Published

Draft Regional Spatial and Economic Strategies Published

Draft ‘Regional Spatial and Economic Strategy’ (RSES) documents have recently been published by both the Eastern and Midland Regional Assembly (EMRA) and the Northern and Western Regional Assembly (NWRA), and are open for public consultation at present (the Southern Regional Assembly will shortly be publishing its own draft RSES).

Given the significance of the strategies, it is important that as many people as possible have their say in shaping these documents, which are being developed to support the implementation of the National Planning Framework and National Development Plan.

When complete, they will establish a framework for the spatial and economic planning of the regions for years to come, and all County, Town and Local Area plans will need to be reviewed to ensure consistency with them.

The draft strategies have been shaped by a guiding principle of ‘Compact Growth’, and have a strong focus on securing sustainable growth within the built-up areas of the cities and towns in each region. Significantly, they have been formulated on the basis of population projections that are, in many cases, much lower than those on which existing County, Town and Local Area Plans were developed.

It is likely, therefore, that the regional strategies will have a real impact on the extent and pace to which existing development land can be brought forward in different parts of the country over the coming years. While this will be more pronounced in some areas than others, it is important that anyone with an interest in planning and development matters considers the implications of the draft strategies and engages with the consultation process that is now underway.

The deadline for submissions to be made to the Draft RSES for the Eastern and Midland Area is 5 pm on the 23rd of January 2019 and, for the Northern and Western Area, is 5 pm on the 8th February 2019.

Gravis Planning has considerable experience in representing clients throughout the plan making process, at both regional and local level, and we would be delighted to speak to you about the implications of the Draft RSES in your area.


The EMRA area comprises Dublin, Wicklow, Meath, Louth, Kildare, Laois, Offaly, Westmeath and Longford

The NWRA area comprises Galway, Mayo, Roscommon, Sligo, Leitrim, Cavan, Monaghan and Donegal

The SRA area comprises Wexford, Waterford, Cork, Kerry, Limerick, Clare, Tipperary, Kilkenny and Carlow

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