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Donegal County Council is preparing a new County Donegal Development Plan for the period 2024-2030.

The pre-draft public consultation on the new development plan concluded on the 3rd of June 2022. The Council would like to thank everyone who attended the drop in events, made submissions or completed the online survey.  

Chief Executive’s Report has now been prepared on the submissions received during the pre-draft public consultation.  This report lists the submissions made, gives the opinion of the Chief Executive to the issues raised and makes recommendations on the policies to be included in the draft development plan.  The Councillors will consider said report before the draft development plan is made. 

What is the Donegal Development Plan 2024-2030?

The development plan will set out an overall strategy for the proper planning and sustainable development of Donegal from 2024-2030. It will include a written statement (with text, objectives and policies), maps (with zonings) and associated Environmental Reports.

It will also include Local Area Plans for Buncrana and Bundoran and a Settlement Framework Plan for Ballybofey / Stranorlar dealing exclusively with economic development opportunities arising from the TEN-T Priority Route Improvement Project Donegal.

Why do we Need a Development Plan?

The plan will guide future planning and public investment decisions around, for example:

  • The type and location of new housing (e.g. urban, rural).
  • The nature and location of new economic Development.
  • How we help mitigate the impacts of, and adapt to, climate change.
  • The location of new transport infrastructure (e.g. roads, walking and cycling).
  • How we manage our natural and built heritage (e.g. Landscape, protected buildings).

How is the Plan Made?

The plan is made in 3 stages over a 2-year period namely.

  • Stage 1: Pre-Draft Preparation
  • Stage 2: Draft Plan
  • Stage 3: Amendments to the draft plan

Illustration of the three stage process and steps therein for developing the County Development Plan

Who makes the plan?

The development plan is made by the Elected Members (Councillors) with the support of the Council’s Planning Section following consultation with the public and other bodies.

How Can I get Involved?

Your opinion matters and you can help to shape the new development plan. The Council welcomes submissions from all sections of society.

The pre-draft public consultation on the new development plan concluded on the 3rd of June 2022. However, the Council will hold further public consultation both when the draft plan is published and when any changes to the draft plan are published during which the public will be able to make further submissions.