Mayo County Council is commencing the preparation of a Local Area Plan (LAP) for Westport Town and Environs. The purpose of this LAP is to set out a land use strategy for the proper planning and sustainable development of the area, incorporating a framework for the development of transportation, housing, retail, heritage, employment, social and community facilities.
Purpose of the Issues Paper?
The purpose of this Issues Paper is intended to get you thinking about the type of land-use issues that might be addressed in the new Westport Town and Environs LAP, and to encourage you to make a submission on these issues, or any other planning issues that you think are important. It is also providing an important opportunity for the residents of Westport to get involved in the plan preparation process.
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.
What is a Local Area Plan?
A Local Area Plan (LAP) is a land-use plan which sets out the development strategy for an area within the lifetime of the plan. The plan contains an overall vision for the area and includes specific land use objectives to guide future development to achieve this vision.
The new LAP will consider the current context of Westport, in terms of population trends, socio economic factors, land use changes, the need for distribution of facilities and amenities, availability of services and infrastructure, along with heritage and environmental considerations.
The LAP must be consistent with the objectives of the higher order plans, including the County Development Plan, the Regional Spatial and Economic Strategy for the Region and the National Planning Framework.
The RSES identifies Westport as a location with strategic development potential of a regional scale, a potential which is best achieved by building on the existing economic, commercial and social links with the nearby Key Town of Castlebar.
As part of the new plan, a new zoning map will be prepared to take account of current and future population needs of Westport, subject to environmental and other planning considerations.
Why replace the Existing Town & Environ Development Plan?
Following the abolition of Town Councils under the Local Government Reform Act 2014, the current Westport Town & Environs Development Plan is required to be replaced by a Local Area Plan once it expires.