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Ennis strategy to be incorporated into County Development Plan

Visualisation of a pedestrian friendly open space at Barrack Square as featured in the Draft Ennis and Environs Local Area Plan 2015-2021, published by Clare County Council

Visualisation of a pedestrian friendly open space at Barrack Square as featured in the Draft Ennis and Environs Local Area Plan 2015-2021, published by Clare County Council

Clare County Council says a new draft planning framework aimed at guiding the proper planning and sustainable development of Ennis and its environs will be brought forward as part of the new draft Clare County Development Plan later this year.

The Local Authority commenced the preparation of a Local Area Plan for the Clare County Capital following the abolition of Ennis Town Council in June 2014. 223 submissions were received on the draft Plan, following its publication in January 2015.

The Department of Environment, Community and Local Government however, has since advised Clare County Council that the preparation of a Local Area Plan for Ennis is “premature at this stage” and that “appropriate objectives for the Ennis and Environs area” should instead be incorporated into the ongoing review of the Clare County Development Plan.

The matter was raised at this week’s meeting of the Ennis Municipal District Committee, while letters outlining the change have been issued to those who made submissions during the recent public consultation process held in relation to the Draft Ennis & Environs Local Area Plan.

“Clare County Council is committed to the development of the Clare County Capital and its environs in terms of economic, recreational and community requirements, as well as residential, retail, transport and infrastructural needs. A thriving Ennis is central to the overall economic and social development of the wider County and therefore, we look forward to incorporating our key objectives for the town and its environs into the new County Development Plan,” commented Gordon Daly, Senior Planner.

Mr. Daly noted that the public consultation period for the draft Clare County Development Plan 2017-2023 and the arrangements for making submissions on the Plan will be announced in December 2015.

In the meantime, the Council says the Ennis & Environs Development Plan 2008-2014 remains the operative plan until such time as a new County Development Plan incorporating Ennis & Environs is adopted.

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