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  • Draft Longford County Development Plan 2015-2021

    February 2014

    Prepared by the Planning Section, Longford County Council

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    Contents

    Section A: Strategic Framework

    1. Introduction and Strategic Context ................................................................................9

    1.1 Context and Terms of Reference ..............................................................................9 1.1.1 Current County Development Plan 2009-2015 .................................................9 1.1.2 Review Process and Statutory Context .......................................................... 10 1.1.3 How to Use this Plan ........................................................................................ 13 1.1.4 MyPlan.ie .......................................................................................................... 14

    1.2 Planning Context ..................................................................................................... 16 1.2.1 National and Regional Spatial Context ........................................................... 16

    1.3 County Profile .......................................................................................................... 21 1.3.1 Geographical Context ...................................................................................... 21 1.3.2 Historical Settlement Context ......................................................................... 22 1.3.3 Population and Demography .......................................................................... 23 1.3.3 Education .......................................................................................................... 29 1.3.4 Socio-Economic Context and Employment .................................................... 30 1.3.5 Retail ................................................................................................................. 33 1.3.6 Development Trends ....................................................................................... 33

    2. Development Plan Strategy .......................................................................................... 36

    2.1 Core Strategy ........................................................................................................... 36 2.1.1 Core Strategy Introduction ............................................................................... 36 2.1.2 Core Strategy Strategic Aims: ........................................................................... 37 2.1.3 Core Strategy Policy Context and Rationale ................................................... 39 2.1.4 Core Strategy Relationship with other Development Strategies ................... 43 2.1.5 Core Strategy Rationale .................................................................................... 46 2.1.6 Settlement Strategy .......................................................................................... 51 2.1.7 Regional Planning Guidelines Population Targets .......................................... 72 2.1.8 Core Strategy Table ........................................................................................... 74 2.1.9 Implementation and Monitoring ..................................................................... 79 2.1.10 Future and Longevity of the current Core Strategy ..................................... 83

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    Section B: Policies and Objectives for Development

    3. Housing .......................................................................................................................... 86

    3.1 Housing Strategy ..................................................................................................... 86 3.1.1 Housing Strategy Introduction ........................................................................ 86 3.1.2 Housing Strategy Synopsis and Policy ............................................................. 86

    3.2 Settlement Policy and Requirements for Residential Development ................... 95 3.2.1 Designated Settlements .................................................................................. 95 3.2.2 Rural Areas ..................................................................................................... 106

    4. Economic Development .............................................................................................. 113

    4.1 Introduction ........................................................................................................... 113 4.2 Industry, Commercial and Business Development ............................................. 117

    4.2.1 Policies and Objectives .................................................................................. 118

    4.3 Retail Development............................................................................................... 123 4.3.1 Key Objectives of the Retail Strategy ........................................................... 123 4.3.2 Strategic Guidance ......................................................................................... 123 4.3.3 Longford Town’s Position in the National Retail Hierarchy ........................ 125 4.3.4 Identifying the County Retail Hierarchy ....................................................... 125 4.3.5 Spatial Distribution of Additional Retail within the County Retail Hierarchy

    127 4.3.6 Core Retail Areas ............................................................................................ 128 4.3.7 The Sequential Approach .............................................................................. 130 4.3.8 Consideration of Need ................................................................................... 131 4.3.9 Policies and Objectives .................................................................................. 133 4.3.10 Framework for the Assessment of Future Retail Developments ............. 141

    4.4 Agriculture ............................................................................................................. 146 4.4.1 Policies and Objectives .................................................................................. 147

    4.5 Tourism .................................................................................................................. 152 4.6 Mining and Aggregates ......................................................................................... 167 4.7 Rural Enterprise ..................................................................................................... 169 4.8 Home Based Economic Activity ............................................................................ 170

    5. Infrastructure ................................................................................................................... 171

    5.1 Transportation ....................................................................................................... 172 5.1.1 Roads................................................................................................................ 173

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    5.1.2 Parking ............................................................................................................. 183 5.1.3 Pedestrians and Cyclists ................................................................................. 188 5.1.4 Public Transport .............................................................................................. 190

    5.2 Water Supply and Waste Water Services ............................................................ 195 5.2.1 Water Supply ................................................................................................... 195 5.2.2 Existing and Proposed Sewerage Schemes ................................................... 197 5.2.3 Procedures of the Water Supply and Waste Water Services Department . 198 5.2.4 Group Water Schemes .................................................................................... 204

    5.3 Surface Water, Drainage and Flooding ................................................................ 206 5.3.1 Surface Water and Drainage .......................................................................... 206 5.3.2 Flooding ........................................................................................................... 207 5.3.3 Climate Change ............................................................................................... 213

    5.4 Environmental Services .......................................................................................... 214 5.4.1 Waste Recovery and Disposal ........................................................................ 214 5.4.2 Litter and Animal Control ............................................................................... 217

    5.5 Energy and Communications ................................................................................. 218 5.5.1 Electricity ......................................................................................................... 218 5.5.2 Renewable Energy Sources ............................................................................ 219 5.5.3 Telecommunications Structures and Broadband ......................................... 226

    5.6 Major Accidents Directive...................................................................................... 229

    6. Environment, Heritage and Amenities ...................................................................... 232

    6.1 Conservation and Preservation of the Environment ........................................... 232 6.1.1 Landscape Character Assessment .................................................................. 232 6.1.2 Prevention of Pollutio