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Planning agents briefing planning department aras chill dara 10 th june 2010

Planning Agents Briefing Planning DepartmentAras Chill Dara10th June 2010


  • Welcome – John Lahart, Director

  • Forward Planning

    • County Development Plan - Lorcan Griffin, Executive Planner

    • Naas Development Plan Review – Michael Kenny, Senior Planner

    • Athy Development Plan Review – Michael Kenny, Senior Planner

    • Local Area Plans Review – Lorcan Griffin, Executive Planner

  • Development Management

    • Issues arising/Actions taken from 2009 Agents meeting – Aoife Brangan, Senior Executive Planner

    • Update on on-line access to planning files – Declan Loakman, Chief Technician

    • Environment – EPA & KCC requirements – Michael Kenny, Senior Planner

    • Disability Access update – Willie Hannigan, Senior Executive Engineer

    • Fire Safety update – Willie Hannigan. Senior Executive Engineer

      Questions and Answers

Forward Planning

Lorcan Griffin, Executive Planner

Michael Kenny, Senior Planner

Forward planning programme
Forward Planning Programme

  • Draft Regional Planning Guidelines (RPG’s)

  • Draft County Development Plan 2011-2017

  • Draft Naas Town Development Plan 2011-2017

  • Preparation of the Athy Town Development Plan 2012-2018

  • Local Area Plan Programme

Regional planning guidelines review 1
Regional Planning Guidelines Review (1)

  • Draft RPGs 2010-2022 published in November 2009

  • Informs the Draft CDP 2011-2017; particularly unit and population allocations

  • Draft RPGs consultation period ran from 11th January - 26th March 2010.

  • Directors Report on the submissions received is currently being prepared.

  • Expected adoption date of new RPGs - 15th June 2010

Regional planning guidelines review 2
Regional Planning Guidelines Review (2)

  • Implications for Kildare:

    • Sets out the population and unit targets for the County

    • Continuing the consolidation of the Metropolitan area in North Kildare (Note: Maynooth-Leixlip has moved up one level)

    • Encouraging closer links between housing and public transport investment

    • Promotion of economic investment particularly in the vicinity of Maynooth and Naas/Newbridge

Review of county development plan
Review of County Development Plan

  • Review commenced in May 2009

  • The Manager’s Report on pre-draft submissions issued to members on 2nd September 2009

  • Directions from members during February and March 2010

  • Draft CDP adopted and then published 20th April 2010

  • 10 weeks public consultation currently underway

    • Public information sessions held in Naas, Leixlip, Clane, Athy & Monasterevin

  • Closing date for submissions 28th June 2010

  • Due for adoption in early April 2011, legally due to come into effect 4 weeks later

Chapter 1 introduction
Chapter 1 - Introduction

New National & Regional policy documents:

  • National Development Plan (2007-2013)

  • Transport 21 (2006-2015)

  • Smarter Travel, A Sustainable Transport Future (2009-2020)

  • National Climate Change Strategy (2007-2012)

  • National Energy Efficiency Action Plan (2009-2020)

  • Draft RPG for the GDA (2010-2022)

  • Retail Strategy for the GDA (2008-2016)

  • Eastern and South Eastern River Basin Management Plans (2008)

Chapter 2 core strategy
Chapter 2 – Core Strategy

  • RPG sets population & unit targets for 2016 and 2022

    • Population targets: 234,422 (year 2016) / 252,640 (year 2022)

    • Housing unit targets: 93,748 (year 2016) / 112,477 (year 2022)

  • RPG also sets out planning policy zones:

    • 35%: Metropolitan (Leixlip, Maynooth, Celbridge, Kilcock)

    • 65%: Hinterland (Remaining areas of Kildare)

    • Sets out a hierarchy of settlements

  • Environmental Sensitivities (SEA)

    • review of environmental sensitivities (ecology, landscape, rivers, etc)

    • Informed the emergence of a preferred development strategy

Chapter 3 settlement strategy
Chapter 3 – Settlement Strategy

  • Sets out the County’s Settlement Hierarchy (7 tiers)

    • Large Growth Towns I

    • Large Growth Towns II

    • Moderate Sustainable Growth Town

    • Small Town

    • Village

    • Rural Settlement

    • Rural Node

  • Role of each tier clearly outlined

  • Housing and population allocations 2006-2017

Some changes to the settlement strategy
Some changes to the settlement strategy:


  • Existing LAPs/Development Plans/Environs Plans which are now Village Plans (Chapter 17):

    • Johnstown, Straffan, Ballymore Eustace, Allenwood, Ballitore, Timolin, Moone & Crookstown

  • New Village Plans prepared for:

    • Johnstownbridge, Coill Dubh/Coolearagh, Kilmeague, Caragh, Kildangan & Suncroft

  • Development Strategies set out for the 21 rural settlements (Chapter 17)

  • 23 rural nodes allow for small scale clusters with local need applying.

Chapter 4 housing
Chapter4 - Housing

  • Guidance on appropriate locations for all new residential development

  • Includes policies related to design, social and affordable housing, special needs housing, housing in built up areas, etc

  • Rural Housing Policy

    • Local need required for the following

      • New dwellings in rural areas

      • Replacement of existing dwelling (except where replacing habitable dwelling on same footprint and floor size)

      • Replacement of derelict dwellings (except where resorting an intact traditional vernacular dwelling)

      • Dwellings in rural nodes

    • New policies for areas bordering neighbouring counties

Chapter 5 economic development
Chapter 5 – Economic Development

  • Emphasis on creation of employment

  • Sets out an economic development strategy for the County

  • Defines factors influencing economic development

  • Covers rural economic activities including agriculture, equine and rural enterprise

  • Tourism infrastructure and facilities

Chapter 6 movement transport
Chapter 6 – Movement & Transport

  • Includes policies and objectives covering:

    • Sustainable Travel

    • National Infrastructure projects

    • County Roads Programme

    • Rural Transportation Initiative

    • Longer Term Objectives

    • Aviation policy

Chapter 7 water drainage environmental services
Chapter 7 – Water, Drainage & Environmental Services

  • New policy documents

    • The Planning System and Flood Risk Management – Guidelines for Planning Authorities (2009)

    • EPA – Code of Practice Wastewater Treatment and Disposal Systems Serving Single Houses (2009)

  • Water Supply and Wastewater Projects

  • Upgrading of Osberstown WWTP is a priority of the Council

Chapter 8 energy communications
Chapter 8 – Energy & Communications

Policy and Objectives covering:

  • Renewable Energy

  • Non-renewable energy

  • Transmission Infrastructure

  • Telecommunications Infrastructure

  • Broadband infrastructure

Chapter 9 retail
Chapter 9 – Retail

  • Draft County Retail Strategy issued as a background issues document (can be viewed on the Council website)

  • Sets out a retail hierarchy for the County

    • Informed by the County settlement strategy set out in chapter 3

  • Sets out policy for different types of retail providers:

    • Town centres, district centres, village centres neighbourhood centres, retail warehousing, etc.

Chapter 10 rural development
Chapter10 –RuralDevelopment

  • Policies & Objectives included on the following:

    • Rural Development: enterprise

    • Agriculture

    • Horticulture

    • Equine Industry

    • Forestry

    • Boglands

    • Extractive Industry

Chapter 11 social community cultural development
Chapter 11 – Social, Community & Cultural Development

  • Policies included on the following:

    • Community Services and facilities

    • Social Inclusion and Community Development

    • Groups with specific design/ planning needs

    • Arts and culture

    • Library services

    • School facilities

    • Health services

    • Burial grounds

Chapter 12 architectural archaeological heritage
Chapter 12 – Architectural & Archaeological Heritage

  • Policies included on the following:

    • Protected Structures

      • 1,100 structures listed on the RPS (listed in Volume 2 of the CDP)

        • 400 structures added from NIAH

        • 16 other structures added

        • 156 structures deleted

    • Vernacular Architecture

    • Architectural Conservation Areas

      • Boundaries identified in 8 towns: Ballitore, Kilcock, Leixlip, Maynooth, Monasterevin, Moone, Prosperous, Rathangan

Polices included on the following:

  • Recorded Monuments

    • Record of Monuments and Places (RMP) listed in Volume 2

      • Location of sites available on maps in planning dept &

    • May be a requirement for archaeological assessment

  • Zones of Archaeological potential

    • 21 zones listed in chapter 12

    • Medieval towns with known archaeological potential or potentially significant archaeology (from urban archaeological survey 1984)

Chapter 13 natural heritage biodiversity
Chapter 13 – Natural Heritage/Biodiversity

Polices included on the following:

  • Designated sites and species in the County:

    • 7 Special Areas of Conservation (SAC) – Conserves habitat types & species

    • 1 Special Protection Area SPA (Poulaphouca) - rare and vulnerable birds

    • 23 Natural heritage Areas NHA’s - species and habitats of national importance

  • The requirement for Appropriate Assessment (as per EU Habitats Directive)

    • Required for any plan or project whether within or outside a designated Natura 2000 site (SAC/SPA), which does not directly relate to the management of the site but may impact upon its conservation objectives.

    • Required to assess impact in combination with other projects.

  • Geology, Trees, Woodlands, Hedgerows, Invasive Non-Native Species

  • Inland Waterways: River, Streams, Canals, Wetlands & Groundwater

Map 13 1 of draft cdp natura 2000 sites sac spa in kildare
Map 13.1 of Draft CDP Natura 2000 sites (SAC & SPA) in Kildare

Chapter 14 landscape recreation and amenities
Chapter 14 – Landscape, Recreation and Amenities

Landscape policy includes

  • Landscape Character Assessment

  • Areas of High Amenity

  • Scenic Routes and Protected Views

    Recreation and Amenities policy includes

  • Rights of Way

  • Open Space

  • Allotments

  • Green Infrastructure

  • Liffey Valley Park

Chapter 15 urban design guidelines
Chapter 15 – Urban Design Guidelines

Provides urban design guidance on;

  • Infill development

  • Brownfield sites

  • Backland sites

  • Greenfield/Edge sites

    Provides Design and Layout guidance on;

  • permeability, cycling linkages, street hierarchy

  • Scale, building line, roofline,

  • building type/height/finishes

    All of above supported by graphics

Chapter 16 rural design guidelines
Chapter 16 – Rural Design Guidelines

Provides guidance for one-off housing on:

  • Site Analysis and layout

  • House design

  • Scale, form and proportion

  • Elevational proportions

  • Architectural Elements (windows, doors, roofs)

  • Finishes and materials

  • Boundary treatments

  • Sustainability

    All of above supported by graphics

Chapter 17 village and settlement plans
Chapter 17 – Village and Settlement Plans

  • 14 Village Plans

    • Zoned lands

    • Each having a zoning map and accompanying policy statement

  • 21 Rural Settlement

    • Unzoned lands

    • Overall development policy

    • Individual Development Strategy maps

Chapter 18 environs plans
Chapter 18 – Environs Plans

  • Naas Environs (North, South & West)

  • Athy Environs (Bennetsbridge& Gallowshill)

  • Kilcock Environs

  • Blessington Environs

  • Kill Environs

    Some changes from 2005 Plan

Chapter 19 development management standards
Chapter 19 – Development Management Standards

Some Changes to CDP 2005-2011

  • Change to floor area of apartments

  • Taking in Charge policy statement

  • Car Parking standards updated – maximum standards applied

  • Standards for employment uses

  • Retail Assessment Criteria

Strategic environmental assessment sea
Strategic Environmental Assessment (SEA)

  • SEA Environment Report contained in Volume 2 of Draft CDP:

    • An assessment of the environmental implications of the Draft CDP

  • Amendments to the SEA report will be necessary should material alterations be made to the CDP

  • SEA timelines run parallel to the CDP process.

Making a submission next steps
Making A Submission & Next Steps

Making A submission

  • Draft CDP is currently on Public Display:

    • 10 weeks (20th April 2010 – 28th June 2010)

    • Available to view at the Áras Chill Dara, the Clane, Maynooth & Athy Area Offices, in the councils libraries & on

  • Closing date for submissions is4.30pm sharp on Monday 28th June 2010. Late submissionscannotbe accepted.

    • Write to: Mary Foley, Administrative Officer, Planning Department, Kildare County Council, Áras Chill Dara, Naas, Co. Kildare

    • Email to: [email protected]

      Next Steps

  • Manager’s Report on submissions made will be submitted to Members in September 2010.

  • If, plan is materially amended, further period of 4 weeks consultation.

  • Manager’s Report prepared on submissions - Members make the new Development Plan, with or without amendments.

  • Plan to be adopted by April 2011 and effective May 2011.

Draft naas town development plan 2011 2017 michael kenny senior planner
Draft Naas Town Development Plan 2011-2017Michael KennySenior Planner

Review of naas town development plan

Review of Naas Town Development Plan

  • Pre-draft public consultation between May and July 2009

  • Proposed Draft Naas Town Development Plan 2011-2017 issued to Members in February 2010 for period of 8 weeks consideration

  • Draft Naas Town Development Plan placed on Public Display from Thursday 15th April 2010 to Wednesday 23rd June 2010 (inclusive) at:

    • Áras Chill Dara,

    • Naas Library, Canal Harbour


  • Public Consultation Meeting held Wednesday 12th May 2010- Level 2 Áras Chill Dara.

Main changes since 2005 plan 1
Main Changes Since 2005 Plan (1)

  • Chapters updated to reflect recent government/DoEHLG guidelines/standards.

  • 14 Chapters (Introduction, Strategic Context and Core Strategy, Economic Development, Housing, Town Centre, Retail, Movement and Transport, Water, Drainage and Environmental Services, Energy and Communications, Social, Community, Recreation and Amenity, Architectural, Archaeological and Natural Heritage, Urban Design and Opportunity Areas, Development Management Standards, Land Use Zoning)

    • New chapter on Urban Design and Energy and Communications

  • Appendices

    • Appendix 1 Kildare Local Authorities Housing Strategy

    • Appendix II Record of Protected Structures

  • SEA is separate document to be read in conjunction with Development Plan

Main changes since 2005 plan 2
Main Changes Since 2005 Plan (2)

  • Land Use Zoning:

    • No major changes in land use zoning since 2005 Plan

    • Sufficient amount of residential land available to meet future population targets (147 ha)

    • Increase in Open Space and Amenity land adjoining Caragh Sports Centre (18 ha)

    • Expansion of Town Centre zoning into Canal Harbour Area (3 Ha) A2: “to facilitate the expansion of the existing town centre and to create a new urban and cultural quarter, with an appropriate mix of uses such as retail, commercial, cultural, tourism and residential uses”

    • Change in employment zoning category e.g. new employment zone “Q” Enterprise and Employment to encourage high-tech business at Northwest Quadrant and Millennium Park, Dublin Road and at Blessington Road

    • Rezoning of land at Corbans Lane/Fairgreen Schools from open space and amenity to education to accommodate possible expansion of the schools (1ha)

    • Additional minor changes to reflect anomalies/recent permissions etc

Main changes since 2005 plan 3
Main Changes Since 2005 Plan (3)

  • Record of Protected Structures (RPS)

    • Comprehensive survey of existing RPS structures contained in 2005 DP and consideration of the National Inventory of Architectural Heritage (NIAH)

    • Total of 185 structures included on the Record of Protected Structures in Naas Development Plan 2005-2011 (including 125 structures identified in NIAH survey)

    • Following review:

      • Total of 132 structures proposed for inclusion

      • Proposed deletion of approximately 50 structures from previous RPS list

Next steps
Next Steps

  • Observations/submissions must be received no later than 4.30pm on Wednesday 23rd June 2010.

    • Write to: Town Clerk, Naas Town Council, Áras Chill Dara, Naas, Co. Kildare

    • Email to: [email protected]

    • All submissions should include your name and a contact address, a map (where appropriate) and, where relevant, details of any organisation, community group or company etc., which you represent.

    • Please make your submission by one medium only, i.e. hard copy or e-mail

  • Manager’s Report on submissions made will be submitted to Members in September 2010.

  • If, plan is materially amended, further period of 4 weeks consultation.

  • Manager’s Report prepared on submissions - Members make the new Naas Town Development Plan, with or without amendments.

  • Plan to be adopted by April 2011 and effective May 2011.

  • Review of Athy Town Development Plan commenced April 2010

  • Background Issues Paper published on 1st April 2010

  • Public meeting/workshop on 6th May 2010 in Carlton Abbey Hotel, Athy

  • Pre-Draft Public Consultation April-May 2010 with submissions invited from public/prescribed bodies/service providers etc.

    • Closing date: 27th May 2010 (33 submissions received)

  • The Manager’s Report on the pre-draft public consultation due for publication in July 2010

  • Work on-going involving background research/survey work/meetings etc

  • The proposed Draft Athy Town Development Plan 2012-2018 will be with Athy Town Council Members by December 2010

  • Draft Plan will be on public display by February 2011

Review of Athy Town Development Plan

Local Area Plan Programme

Lorcan Griffin,

Executive Planner