Chapter 4 Settlement Strategy
This chapter sets out the Settlement Strategy for County Wicklow. The Settlement Strategy is in accordance with the Development Plan Strategy and Core Strategy, as outlined in Chapters 2 and 3. It outlines the strategy for the future development of settlements and the rural area. In particular it sets out the role and function of each level within the Settlement Hierarchy and includes information on the growth targets and occupancy controls within each level. A visual representation of the settlement hierarchy is shown on Maps 04.01, 04.02 and 04.03.
This settlement strategy is an essential component for the delivery of the overall development plan strategy, which is guided by three strategic principles, Healthy Placemaking, Climate Action and Economic Opportunity, and for the realisation of the ten strategic county outcomes.
4.1 Regional Context
The Regional Spatial and Economic Strategy (RSES) for the Eastern and Midland Area categorises the whole region into three areas – Dublin Metropolitan Area, the Core Region and the Gateway Region.
The north eastern section of County Wicklow, including Bray and Greystones-Delgany, are included within the metropolitan area. The majority of the County, including Wicklow-Rathnew, Arklow and Blessington, is included in the Core Region. A relatively small section of the south of County is included in the Gateway region. The RSES identifies growth enablers for each of the three sub-areas. The points that are relevant for County Wicklow are summarised below.