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About the Regional Spatial & Economic Plan

Regional Spatial and Economic Strategy 2019 - 2031.

County Wicklow is part of the Eastern and Midlands Regional Assembly (EMRA). The Elected Members of the Eastern and Midland Regional Assembly (EMRA) agreed to make the Regional Spatial and Economic Strategy (RSES) 2019 - 2031 on June 28th 2019. 


What is a Regional Spatial and Economic Strategy (RSES)?

The RSES is a strategic plan to support implementation of Project Ireland 2040 - National Planning Framework and National Development Plan 2019 - 2027 and the economic policies and objectives of the Government by providing a long-term strategic planning and economic framework for the development of the region. The RSES identifies regional assets, opportunities and pressures and provides appropriate policy responses in the form of Regional Policy Objecives. At a strategic level it provides a framework for investment to better manage spatial planning and economic development to sustainably grow the Region to 2031 and beyond.

The RSES and supporting documentation is available to view at :


Current Status - Notice of Intent to Issue a Ministerial Direction

On 7th August 2019, the Minister for Housing, Planning and Local Government issued EMRA with a Notice of Intent to Issue a Ministerial Direction, pursuant to Section 31A of the Planning and Development Act 2000 (as amended) relating to the RSES. 


Copies of the Direction may be inspected during normal office hours between Tuesday 20th August 2019 and Monday 2nd September 2019 (both dates inclusive) at the following locations:


Written submissions or observations in respect of the draft Direction only may be made to the Regional Assembly during the stated period and will be taken into consideration by the Minister before he directs the Regional Assembly, as the case may be, pursuant to this section. The Director will prepare a report on any submissions or observations received which shall be furnished to the Minister.

Any such submissions or observations should be received by the Regional Assembly no later than 5.00 p.m. on Monday 2nd September 2019 through one of the following media:

  • Email:
  • Post: Eastern & Midland Regional Assembly, 3rd Floor North, Ballymun Civic Centre, Main Street, Ballymun, Dublin, D09 C8P5


Submissions should only be made in one format, i.e. either electronic copy (email) or hard copy (post). Please include your name and address as part of your submission, and if you are representing another person, company or organisation, their name and address.   Please note that public submissions may be published on the EMRA website and subject to the Freedom of Information Act 2014.

Please note that only those parts of the RSES, which are the subject of this draft Direction shall be taken not to have come into effect until the section 31A procedure has been completed.  All other aspects of the RSES are considered to have been made, as of 28th June 2019.