Draft County Cork Development Plan 2022-2028
Cork County Council has prepared the Draft County Development Plan 2022-2028 and submissions are now being invited on same. It is intended that the new Cork County Development Plan 2022 will be the first consolidated Plan for the entire functional area of Cork County Council and relates to the new administrative boundary of the county, following the implementation of the new Local Government arrangements in Cork in May 2019. The functional areas of the 9 former Town Council Towns and the settlements contained within the current 8 Municipal District Local Area Plans will also be incorporated into the new County Development Plan. In this regard, the new County Development Plan will therefore replace not just the current County Development Plan (as varied) but also existing Town Development Plans and the 8 Municipal District Local Area Plans made in 2017.
The Draft County Development Plan 2022-2028 is a 7 Volume Plan and includes volumes setting out the Main Policy Material, Heritage and Amenity and Volumes on North Cork, South Cork and West Cork as well as Environmental Reports, Maps and a Draft Joint Housing Strategy. Volume(s) One; Two; Three; Four; Five; Six and Seven of the Draft County Development Plan together with the Draft Joint Housing Strategy may be inspected and downloaded via the following link: https://www.corkcoco.ie/en/cork-county-development-plan-2022-2028.
Submissions or observations regarding the Draft County Development Plan are invited from members of the public, children, or groups or associations representing the interests of children and other interested parties during the period from Thursday 22nd April, 2021 to midnight on Thursday 1st July, 2021. This can be done online at https://www.corkcoco.ie/en/cork-county-development-plan-2022-2028 or in written form to the Senior Planner, Planning Policy Unit, Cork County Council, Floor 13, County Hall, Cork.
All such submissions lodged within this period will be taken into consideration prior to the adoption of the new Cork County Development Plan and all valid submissions received shall be published on the Cork County Council website within 10 working days of its receipt by the Council via https://www.yourcouncil.ie/service/Planning_Policy_Submissions.
Interest and Ideas sought for County Cork Town and Village Renewal Scheme 2021
Cork County Council is seeking Expressions of Interest from community, business, and development groups countywide for the Town and Village Renewal Scheme 2021. Minister for Rural and Community Development Heather Humphreys TD announced the fund earlier this week, intended to support the regeneration of town and village centres, with particular focus this year on addressing issues of vacancy, dereliction, remote working, and town centre living.
Cork County Council is inviting Expressions of Interest from relevant groups for projects that will enable rural towns and villages to tackle these issues and address the challenges of vacancy and town centre living in an impactful way.
Welcoming the announcement of the 2021 scheme, Mayor of the County of Cork, Cllr. Mary Linehan Foley said,
“Cork County Council has continued to demonstrate its commitment to the regeneration and revitalisation of our Towns and Villages, evident most recently in the range of initiatives undertaken under Project ACT. This funding can provide vital support to your town or village and will make your area a desirable place for residents and visitors alike. I encourage any interested groups to submit an Expression of Interest and take the opportunity to put forward your ideas for your community”.
Chief Executive of Cork County Council, Tim Lucey noted the value of national investment in our local communities, adding,
“Town and Village Renewal funding represents vital investment in our towns and villages. The scheme supports the Governments Programme for Rural Development “Our Rural Future” and will boost our efforts to regenerate town and village centres and support the emerging Town Centre First initiative.”