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Donegal towns local area plan 20.08.18

THE new Seven Strategic Towns Local Area Plan comes into effect today Monday, 20th August.
It is the first consolidated local area plan for An Clochán Liath/Dungloe, Ballybofey-Stranorlar, Ballyshannon, Bridgend, Carndonagh, Donegal Town and Killybegs for the period 2018 to 2024.
This plan was adopted by the elected members of Donegal County Council on 23 July 2018 following an extensive public consultation process including engagement with numerous stakeholders in each of the respective towns and sets out an overall strategy, land use and zoning objectives for the proper planning and sustainable development into the future.
Back Row L-R- Michael McFadden, Donegal County Council, Liam Ward, Director of Service, Donegal County Council, Eunan Quinn Senior Executive Planner, Donegal County Council, Roisin Kelly, Executive Planner, Donegal County Council, Graham Diamond, Executive Planner Donegal County Council. Front Row – Seamus Neely, Chief Executive, Donegal County County Council and Cathaoirleach Cllr. Seamus O’Domhnaill.
Chief Executive of Donegal County Council Seamus Neely believes “The timing is excellent in that this plan was adopted shortly after the County Donegal Development Plan came into effect in early June and also following the recent publication of the new National Planning Framework which has identified a number of national strategic outcomes including enhanced regional accessibility and strengthened rural economies and communities”.
Cathaoirleach Cllr. Seamus O’Domhnaill acknowledged the role played by the elected members saying “This is a very important plan for Donegal.  It sets out an overall strategy as well as land use and zoning objectives for the proper planning and sustainable development of the seven towns in question and I would like to thank my colleagues on Donegal County Council for their deliberations and their concerted effort in framing this plan and for engaging in this process in such a constructive and positive way.”
Copies of the Seven Strategic Towns Local Area Plan 2018 -2024 are available at www.donegalcoco.ie and will also be made available for inspection in the coming days during normal office hours at council offices and public libraries across the county.  The plan can also be purchased by contacting the Council's Central Planning Unit on 074 91 53900.
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