Section 1: Introduction to Proposed Amendments
The Draft Wicklow County Development Plan 2022-2028 went on public display for a 12-week period between 4th June 2021 and 30th August 2021. 306 submissions were received in response to that public consultation process.
Following this period of public consultation, the Chief Executive prepared and distributed to the elected members of the County Council a report on the submissions received, including his opinion thereon and any recommended amendments to the draft plan.
Having considered the Draft County Development Plan 2022- 2028 and the Chief Executive’s Report on submissions received it was resolved by the elected members at Council meetings of 28th & 29th March 2022 to amend the Draft Development Plan.
At the meetings the Council resolved that as these amendments constitute a material alteration to the Draft Development Plan, the proposed amendments would be placed on public display for a period of not less than 4 weeks in accordance with Section 12(7)(b) of the Planning and Development Act 2000 (as amended).
1.1 Purpose of this document
The function of this report is to set out the proposed amendments in order for the public and other interested bodies to consider same and make a submission on any proposed amendment if so desired.
Written observations or submissions regarding the proposed amendments to the Draft County Development Plan are invited from members of the public and other interested parties. Written submissions or observations must be received between 27 April 2022 and 25 May 2022.
1.2 Format of this document
The proposed amendments to the draft plan are set out in Section 2. They include changes to the text of the Draft County Development Plan written statement, plans, appendices and accompanying maps. The proposed amendments are set out in the order in which they would appear in the draft plan.
The proposed amendments are accompanied by an Addendum to the Environmental Report which provides information on the likely significant effects on the environment of implementing the proposed amendments, prepared in accordance with the Planning and Development (Strategic Environmental Assessment) Regulations 2004 (as amended). This Addendum report is set out in Section 3 of this document.
The proposed amendments are accompanied by an Addendum to the Natura Impact Report which provides an evaluation of the impacts, if any, of the proposed amendments on any Natura 2000 / European site either alone or in combination with other projects or plans, with respect to the site’s structure and function and its conservation objectives, prepared in accordance with Article 6 of the Habitats Directive (92/43/EEC). This Addendum report is set out in Section 3 of this document.
The proposed amendments are also accompanied by an Addendum to the Strategic Flood Risk Assessment which provides a Stage 1 flood risk identification assessment of the proposed zoning amendments. This has been prepared in accordance with ‘The Planning System and Flood Risk Management – Guidelines for Planning Authorities’ (DoEHLG / OPW). This addendum is presented in Section 2, Amendment Number V3 – 131.
Amendments to the text are shown through the red type to indicate new text and
blue strikethrough to indicate deleted text.
Amendments are in numerical order with Volume 1, 2 or 3 referenced as a prefix to the amendment no. (e.g AMENDMENT V1 – 77).
1.3 Next Stage of the Plan Making Process
Written observations or submissions, submitted during the consultation period, regarding the proposed amendments and the likely significant effects on the environment of their implementation will be taken into consideration, at the next stage in the development plan process. After the consultation period ends, the Chief Executive will prepare a further report on all submissions and observations received during the above time period and subsequently submit the report to the Elected Members for their consideration. Having considered the proposed amendments to the Draft Plan and the Chief Executive’s Report on submissions received, the Elected Members will make the Wicklow County Development Plan 2022-2028 with or without amendment in Q3 2022.
1.4 How to make a submission
Written submissions or observations made on or before 5.00pm on 25 May 2022 specifically in relation to the proposed amendments and/or the Addendum Reports, will be taken into consideration before the making of any amendment.
Submissions may be made in one of the following ways:
1. Write to: Administrative Officer, Planning Department, Wicklow County Council, Station Road, Wicklow.
2. Via the Consultation Portal here at: consult.wicklow.ie using the 'Make a Submission' link opposite.
Email submissions will not be accepted. All submissions should include
- the proposed amendment number(s) that is /are the subject of the submission;
- the name and a contact address of the submitter, and, where relevant, details of any organisation, community group or company etc., represented.
In accordance with Section 12  of the Planning & Development Act 2000 (as amended), only submissions in relation to the Proposed Amendments and/or the addendum reports will be taken into consideration.
Submissions not adhering to these criteria will be considered invalid.