Public participation is essential to help deliver an effective Local Area Plan. We are interested in hearing from everybody, not just those directly affected by the LAP, to identify ‘bigger picture’ issues that need to be addressed in the LAP on how Westport should develop into the future. Whether you are a younger or an older person, an individual or a community/sports group, a business, a resident, an entrepreneur or a voluntary organisation, your opinion matters.

Your submissions on the Issues Paper will assist Mayo County Council in identifying the local issues that will inform the preparation of the proposed draft Westport LAP 2021-2027, the first stage in the plan making process. If you are interested in making a submission at the pre-draft stage, you are invited to make your submissions to the You can make an observation or submission via the following two options only;

  1. Registering on where you can then make a submission on the issues paper. You can also submit drawings of any areas relating to your submission on an interactive development plan map.
  2. Written observations or submissions can also be made. These should be marked ‘Issues Paper Westport LAP 2021-2027’, and submitted to the Forward Planning Department, Mayo County Council, Áras an Chontae, The Mall, Castlebar, Co. Mayo, F23 WF90. Observations or submissions must include the full name and address of the person(s) making the submission and where relevant, the body or organisation represented. Please note that observations or submissions will be made public on the website and at the offices of the Planning Department.

Please note submissions that are emailed cannot be considered and will be returned.

Observations or submissions must be received by 4.00pm on 29th of April 2021

What happens next?
Following on from Pre-Draft public consultation, Mayo County Council will commence the preparation of the Draft LAP informed by the submissions received as part of the pre-draft consultation/stakeholder engagement. When the Draft LAP has been prepared, the statutory process will begin and the Draft Plan will go on public display for a period of 6 weeks, during which time you may make submissions and attend a public consultation/drop in event to view and discuss the Draft Plan.

The submissions received will be considered by the Elected Members of Mayo County Council, who can decide to adopt, amend or revoke the Draft LAP. Any proposed amendments or material alterations to the Draft Plan requires public consultation for a period of 4 weeks. All submissions received will be considered by the Elected Members, who can decide to adopt the Draft LAP, with or without the material alterations.

The LAP comes into effect 4 weeks after adoption.