Cork county residents urged to take part in planning review

Cork county residents urged to take part in planning review

Ian Doyle, Mayor of the County of Cork, and Tim Lucey, chief executive, Cork County Council, during a meeting of Cork County Council in County Hall’s foyer.Mr Lucey encouraged people to get involved in the consultation process. Picture: Denis Minihane

THE public is being urged to get involved in the public consultation process for a key County Hall document — the Cork County Development Plan review.

The Pre Draft Public Consultation Period ends at midnight on Thursday, July 2 and as part of the process, Cork County Council is inviting the public to contact the Planning Policy Unit to make an appointment to attend a meeting on June 16 or 17 June in Cork County Hall.

The meetings aim to facilitate discussion with members of Cork County Council’s planning policy unit on the issues which the new Development Plan will address.

In line with Government advice on Covid-19, Cork County Council was obliged to cancel public consultation events, but will now hold public meetings, by individual appointment only, in the foyer of County Hall.

Chief Executive of Cork County Council, Tim Lucey encouraged people to get involved in the consultation process. “In the preparation of a new County Development Plan for the period 2022-2028 in accordance with the steps set out in the Planning and Development Acts, Cork County Council will be seeking the input of the public at many stages in this new Development Plan which will guide the future development of the county.

“These meetings present an opportunity to get involved in the future planning of Cork County at a strategic level.”

Mayor of the County of Cork Councillor Ian Doyle also urged people to get involved in the process.

“Cork County Council is currently at Stage One, Pre Draft Plan stage which involves the preparation of a public consultation document and a number of background documents, this is an opportunity to learn more about these steps and to help inform and shape the future of our county, together.”

The Pre Draft Public Consultation Meetings will be held on Tuesday, June 16 from 3pm to 8pm and Wednesday, June 17 from 3pm to 8pm.

These meetings will take place in line with Covid-19 Government advice and will be by individual appointment only, therefore it is expected that meetings will be no more than 15 minutes long.

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