02. Core & Settlement Strategy

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Proposed Amendment CH 2.1

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2.3

Strategic Aims

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Amend Housing bullet-point within Strategic Aim 2.3 by deleting “and” from first sentence and add the words “and countryside” after villages.

Housing - To facilitate the sustainable growth of all rural areas, towns and villages and countryside throughout the county by seeking to accommodate, as far as possible, all persons in their choices to live in our rural areas, towns and villages; by supporting and strengthening the rural economy to sustain vibrant rural communities and by promoting consolidation and compact development of all urban and rural settlements in an attractive setting that provides a suitable mix of housing with supporting amenities; and by ensuring coordinated investment in infrastructure that will support economic competitiveness and create a high quality living and working environment.

Proposed Amendment CH 2.2

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2.3

Strategic Aims

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Amend Settlements bullet-point within Strategic Aim 2.3 by deleting “and” from first sentence and add the words “and countryside” after villages.

Settlements - To develop Mayo's settlements as a network of attractive, livable towns and villages and countryside in the county with sustainable levels of population, employment activity and enhanced levels of amenity which encourage a high quality of life and well-being and support a sustainable synergy with the rural countryside.

Proposed Amendment CH 2.3

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2.3

Strategic Aims

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Insert map showing the strategic road network in the county as shown below:

New map Strategic Road Network in Mayo

Proposed Amendment CH 2.4

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2.3

Strategic Aims

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Insert additional Strategic Aim in Section 2.3 directly beneath Movement and Transport to read as follows:

Strategic Road Network - To maintain the strategic function, capacity and safety of the national roads network, including planning for future capacity enhancements, and to ensure that the existing extensive transport networks, are maintained to a high level to ensure quality levels of service, safety, accessibility and connectivity to transport users.

Proposed Amendment CH 2.5

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2.6

Strategic County Development Objectives

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Amend the title of SO 9 from:

Appropriate Assessment, Strategic Environmental Assessment and Strategic Flood Risk Assessment

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Ecological Impact Assessment, Appropriate Assessment, Strategic Environmental Assessment and Strategic Flood Risk Assessment.

 

Proposed Amendment CH 2.6

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2.6

Strategic County Development Objectives

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Amend text in Part b of SO 9 as follows:

b) To require project planning to be fully informed by ecological and environmental constraints at the earliest stage of project development and any necessary assessment to be undertaken, including Ecological Impact Assessments (EcIA) and assessments of disturbance to species protected under the Wildlife Act and/or the Flora Protection Act and of Habitat IV species protected under the Habitats Directive.

Proposed Amendment CH 2.7

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2.5.7

Core Strategy Table

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Amend Core Strategy and HNDA/Housing Strategy of the Draft Plan to accord with the requirements of the Section 28 Ministerial Guidelines, as per Appendix II (Core Strategy) and Appendix IV (HNDA/Housing Strategy) of the CE Report.

Table 2.4 Revised Core Strategy Table

Proposed Amendment CH 2.8

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2.7.8

Retail Strategy

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Amend Core Strategy Table, to quantify, in hectares, existing and proposed residential zoned lands, and lands zoned for a mix of residential and other uses for Tier II settlements and include a combined figure at tier level for Tier III, Tier IV and Tier V town/village centres.

Table 2.4 Revised Core Strategy Table

 

 

Proposed Amendment CH 2.9

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2.7.8

Retail Strategy

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Amend Section 2.7.8 as shown below:

The Mayo County Development Plan recognises a three four tier retail hierarchy in the county (See Table 2.6 below). This retail hierarchy is consistent with the RSES (2020-2020), Section 28 Retail Planning Guidelines (2012) and top three tiers of the Settlement Strategy, and aims to concentrate higher order shopping functions in Castlebar, Ballina and Westport. The sequential approach to development will be applied to proposals for retail development in accordance with the Retail Planning Guidelines for Planning Authorities (DoEHLG 2012). The land use maps for Tiers I to III, inclusive, identifies inner (town centre) and outer (edge of town centre) town centre areas to assist in the applicable of the sequential approach, whilst ensuring edge of-centre sites are within easy walking distance of the identified primary retail area of each town.

 

Proposed Amendment CH 2.10

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2.7.8

Retail Strategy

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Insert County Retail Hierarchy Table as shown below:

Tiers

Town

RPGs Retail Hierarchy Tiers

Tier I(a) – Key Towns

Ballina and Castlebar

Regional (Tier 2)

Tier I(b) – Strategic Growth Centre

Westport

Sub-Regional/District Centre (Tier 3)

Tier II – Self-Sustaining Growth Centres

Ballinrobe, Ballyhaunis, Belmullet, Claremorris and Swinford

Small Towns and Rural Areas (Tier 4)

Tier III – Self-Sustaining Growth Centres

Balla, Charlestown Crossmolina, Foxford, Knock, Killala, Kiltimagh, Louisburgh and Newport.

Small Towns and Rural Areas (Tier 4)

Tier IV – Rural Settlements

18 no. Rural Settlements

Local Shopping (Tier 5)

Tier V – Rural Villages

37 no. Rural Villages

Local Shopping (Tier 5)

Proposed Amendment CH 2.11

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2.7.9

Monitoring & Management

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Amend text within 2.7.9 Monitoring & Management as below:

With the adoption of specific population targets for the county and each settlement/tier typology, the monitoring of the extent of residential development is required to ensure that development occurs in a coherent, reasoned and evidence-based manner. The delivery of all residential development will be carefully monitored during the lifetime of this Plan to ensure it does not cumulatively result in housing units or population being exceeded. Any new statutory guidelines put in place under Section 28 of the Planning and Development Act to assist in this exercise shall be implemented upon publication. within the context of the overall population limits within the county and in accordance with the Core Strategy and S28 Housing Target Guidelines. Furthermore, if the projected population/unit within a particular Key Town, Strategic Growth Town or Tier II settlement is reached during the lifetime of the Plan, it is considered that there should be scope to exceed this target within the settlement, while remaining within the confines of the overall population allocation for the county.

roposed Amendment CH 2.12

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2.6.10

Core Strategy Policies

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Amend CSP 1 by replacing “sustainable” with “all” in first sentence, full stop after county. Delete remainder of Policy.

CSP 1 To promote and facilitate the development of sustainable  all communities in the county. , by managing the level of growth in each settlement to ensure future growth is in accordance with the Core Strategy and County Settlement Hierarchy, in order to deliver sustainable and vibrant rural and urban communities.

Proposed Amendment CH 2.13

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2.6.10

Core Strategy Policies

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Delete CDP 2.

CSP 2 To support the implementation of the Core Strategy for Mayo in a manner that is consistent with policies at a national and regional level, in particular population targets and distribution.

Proposed Amendment CH 2.14

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2.6.10

Core Strategy Policies

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Amend CSP 4 by deleting “compact” from the 1st line. Add “and open countryside” after villages. Full stop after county. Delete remainder of Policy


CSP 4: To support the compact growth of towns and villages and open countryside to ensure that development proceeds sustainably and at an appropriate scale. , density and sequence and in line with the Core Strategy Table.

Proposed Amendment CH 2.15

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2.6.10

Core Strategy Objectives

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Amend CSO 4 by adding the words “where available” after “sites” on the 2ndline. Delete the words “in preference” and replace with “as an alternative”.

CSO 4 To move towards more compact towns by promoting the development of infill and brownfield/consolidation/regeneration sites where available and the redevelopment of underutilised land within and close to the existing built up footprint of existing settlements in preference as an alternative to edge of centre locations.

Proposed Amendment CH 2.16

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2.6.10

Core Strategy Objectives

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Delete CSO 5 text and replace with “To encourage where possible the delivery of 30% of new homes in urban areas within the existing built up footprint of settlement.”

CSO 5 To deliver at least 30% of all new homes in urban areas within the existing built up footprint of settlements.

CSO 5 To encourage where possible the delivery of 30% of new homes in urban areas within the existing built up footprint of settlement.

Proposed Amendment CH 2.17

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2.6.10

Core Strategy Objectives

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Amend Objective CSO 6 to read as follows:

To deliver at least 20% of all new homes in the rural area on suitable brownfield sites, including rural towns, villages and the open countryside within the existing built up footprint of settlements. For the purpose of clarity, rural towns/villages are settlements with population levels less than 1,500 persons.

Proposed Amendment CH 2.18

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2.6.10

Core Strategy Objectives

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Delete CSO 7.

CSO 7 To implement all land use planning policies and objectives in a manner which takes account of and is consistent with the Core Strategy, in order to accelerate a transition to a greener, low carbon and climate resilient county with a focus on reduced travel demand through the promotion of sustainable settlement patterns.

Proposed Amendment CH 2.19

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2.6.10

Core Strategy Policies

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Insert new policy after CSP 4 as shown below:

CSP: To facilitate, if necessary, an increase in the housing unit allocation within a particular Key Town, Strategic Growth or Tier II settlement, should the allocated housing target for that settlement be reached within the lifetime of the Plan, while remaining within the confines of the overall population target for the county, as reflected in the Core Strategy.

Proposed Amendment CH 2.20

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2.6.10

Core Strategy Policies

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Insert new policy after CSP 4 as shown below:

CSP: It is a Policy the Council to examine the feasibility and where practical, seek to facilitate serviced sites on council acquired land, at affordable prices within the footprint of existing settlements, predominantly aimed at Tier II and Tier III settlements. These serviced sites would be developed and master planned by Mayo County Council and made available for sale to persons who meet a defined range of criteria to be established in consultation with the Housing SPC and/or national guidelines.

Proposed Amendment CH 2.21

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2.6.10

Core Strategy Objectives

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Delete CSO 8.

CSO 8 To monitor development for compliance with the objectives of the Core Strategy and adjust, where necessary, the approach taken to the consideration of development proposals, in order to ensure effective and reasonable alignment with national and regional policy and objectives.

Proposed Amendment CH 2.22

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2.8

Settlement Strategy

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Amend Settlement Strategy as below:

The settlement strategy will continue to provide the framework for the sustainable development of the county by continuing to balance balancing the distribution of Mayo’s population at current ratio levels – rural to urban to the ratio of 60:40 Rural to Urban by ensuring development is targeted in a manner that revitalises Mayo’s rural population without compromising the growth of either. its urban areas. The aim is to provide a sustainable synergy between both through the settlement hierarchy.

Table 2.4 Revised Core Strategy Table

Proposed Amendment CH 2.23

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2.8

Settlement Strategy

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Amend Figure 2.2 (Synergy Between Rural and Urban through Settlement Hierarchy (Figure 2.2) and add Key Towns above Strategic Growth Town as illustrated below.

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Proposed Amendment CH 2.24

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2.8.1

Settlement Hierarchy Table

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Amend Table 2.5 (Settlement Hierarchy) and add Key Towns above Strategic Growth Town as illustrated below: