Members of the public have just days remaining to make submissions to two key strategies aimed at guiding the proper planning and sustainable development of Ennis and County Clare.
The public has until this Friday (6th March) to have their voice heard in relation to the Draft Ennis and Environs Local Area Plan 2015-2021, while a closing date of Monday (March 9th) is in place for the new Clare County Development Plan 2017-2023.
Clare County Council has already held a number of public consultation events in relation to the two separate plans.
Cllr. John Crowe, Cathaoirleach of Clare County Council is advising the public to familiarise themselves with the new Plan and to consider making a submission during the final week of consultation.
“This Plan, once adopted, will be the single most important policy document for the County as it will represent an agreed economic, social, cultural and environmental blueprint for the future planning, growth and development of Clare up to 2023. Public participation is important, so that the final plan can address our aspirations for the county. I would urge people to read the specially produced Issues Booklet which outlines what broad planning and development matters should be included in the new Plan,” said Cllr. Crowe.
Commenting on the Draft Ennis and Environs Local Area Plan, Mayor of Ennis Cllr. Johnny Flynn said: “The new Ennis Plan will guide the development of the Clare County Capital and its environs in terms of economic development, recreational and community requirements, as well as residential, retail, transport and infrastructural needs. It is the intention of my Council colleagues and I to support the Council in growing Ennis and its environs in a well-planned and sustainable way, providing a good quality of life for those who reside and work in the town and an enjoyable experience for those visiting it.”
“It is vitally important that all sectors of the local community take the opportunity to review the Draft Plan before Friday’s deadline and have their say on the future economic and social development of the town,” added Mayor Flynn.
Meanwhile, Clare County Council is hosting a competition for budding young town planners as part of the public consultation process for the Draft Ennis Plan. The contest features prizes for Primary and Post Primary students attending a school in Clare who produce the most innovative new idea for the future development of Ennis or impress adjudicators with a development proposal for an existing aspect of the plan. Entries can be submitted by individual students or groups of students, while the closing date is this Friday (March 6th). Further details are available on wwwclarecoco.ie/planning or from firstname.lastname@example.org.
Submissions regarding the preparation of the new Clare County Development Plan 2017–2023 may be made in writing to the Planning & Enterprise Development Department, Clare County Council, Áras Contae an Chláir, New Road, Ennis. The closing date for receipt for submissions is 5pm on Monday 9th March 2015.
Written submissions and observations with respect to the Draft Ennis and Environs Local Area Plan 2015- 2021 and associated environmental reports may be made to: Planning & Enterprise Development Department, Clare County Council, Áras Contae an Chláir, or by e-mail to email@example.com (max. document size by e-mail: 4MB) or may be faxed to 065-6892071 on or before 5.00 p.m. on Friday 6th March.
The Draft Ennis and Environs Local Area Plan may be inspected between 9 a.m. and 4 p.m. up to Friday 6th March at Áras Contae an Chláir; De Valera Library, as well as all public libraries and Municipal District Offices throughout Clare. The Draft Plan is also available on the Council’s website at www.clarecoco.ie.