Project Ireland 2040: National Planning Framework
The National Planning Framework, published in February 2018, is a 20 year high level strategic plan to guide development and investment. The purpose of the NPF is to enable all parts of Ireland to accommodate growth and change by facilitating a shift towards Ireland’s regions and cities other than Dublin while also recognising Dublin’s ongoing key role.
The NPF identifies ten National Strategic Outcomes. The companion to the NPF is the National Development Plan, a 10 year strategy for public capital investment.
Regional Spatial and Economic Strategy for the Eastern and Midland Region
Wicklow forms part of the Eastern and Midlands Region. The Regional Spatial and Economic Strategy (RSES) for the Eastern and Midland Region was adopted on the 28th June 2019 and is underpinned by three key principles – Healthy Placemaking, Climate Action and Economic Opportunity.
The RSES recognises that one of the key challenges facing the Region is the need for better alignment between population growth, location of residential development and employment to create healthy and attractive places. The transition to a low carbon society is also identified as a challenge for the Region. Achieving sustainable development patterns that promote compact growth, reduce transport demand and encourage low carbon transport modes is identified as one of the primary areas of transition for the Region. The other areas of transition include sustainable transport systems, carbon storing and sequestering land uses, energy efficient buildings and industry and renewable energy.
The RSES identifies 16 Regional Strategic outcomes which are aligned with the NPF National Strategic outcomes.
Wicklow County Council is required to review the County Development Plan following on from the adoption of the RSES. The RSES identifies Bray and Wicklow – Rathnew as Key Towns. This will inform the settlement hierarchy for the County Development Plan.
Source: Regional Spatial and Economic Strategy for the Eastern and Midland Region (2019: 24).