Just a reminder that the Draft Regional Spatial and Economic Strategy for the Northern and Western Regional Assembly (NWRA) is currently out for consultation, with a closing date of 8th February 2019.
The National Planning Framework (NPF) published last year, provides a framework for development and investment over the coming years. Under the umbrella of Project Ireland 2040, it was published with its companion, the National Development Plan (NDP), a 10 year strategy for public investment.
The NPF is a framework for the development needed to underpin population growth in Ireland of up to 1 million people (by 2040) with approximately 50% of this growth to be in the five main cities. The Framework is underpinned by 10 National Strategic Outcomes and, central to it, is the concept of Compact Growth identifying where new growth can take place within the existing envelope of our Cities, Towns and villages.
The primary vehicle for delivering the NPF is through the implementation of Regional Spatial and Economic Strategies (RSES) for each of the three NUTS 2 Regions shown on the map below. The Assembly in each of these Regions (the Northern and Western Region, the Southern Region and the Eastern and Midlands Region) has a draft RSES currently under consultation.
The NWRA, through the RSES, aims to provide regional level strategic planning and economic policy in support of the implementation of the National Planning Framework and provide a greater level of focus around the National Policy Objectives and National Strategic Outcomes in the Region. The challenge for the NWRA was to take the high-level framework and principles of the NPF and work out more detail at regional and local authority levels. This NWRA RSES introduces the concept of a Growth Framework with ‘Five Growth Ambitions’ defining the priorities for the Region and how they are mutually intertwined. The five are:
- Growth Ambition 1: Economy & Employment – Vibrant Region
- Growth Ambition 2: Environment – Natural Heritage
- Growth Ambition 3: Connectivity – Connected Region
- Growth Ambition 4: Quality of Life
- Growth Ambition 5: Infrastructure – Enabling Our Region
The draft NWRA Strategy can be viewed or downloaded here.
Written submissions or observations with respect to the Draft Regional Spatial and Economic Strategy for the Northern and Western Regional Assembly and the accompanying reports may be made between 19th November 2018 and 5pm on 8th February 2019 (both dates inclusive) through one of the following media:
On Line: Completing the RSES Web Submission Form available here.
Mail: ‘RSES Submissions’, NWRA, The Square, Ballaghaderreen, Co. Roscommon. F45 W674
The focus of this post has been on the NWRA RSES. In a future post we will outline key elements of the Draft Regional Spatial and Economic Strategy for the Southern Regional Assembly (consultation closing date is 8th March 2019). The Eastern and Midland Regional Assembly Draft RSES is also currently out for consultation, with a closing date of 23rd January 2019.