Louth to have a say in new National Plan
Dundalk Peter Fitzpatrick, is encouraging people in Louth to have their say on the new National Plan for Ireland.
'Ireland 2040 - Our Plan', the new National Planning Framework was launched last week by the Minister for Housing, Planning, Community and Local Government, Simon Coveney and the Taoiseach Enda Kenny.
'This major national consultation designed to find out how we want our country to look by 2040. I strongly people across urban and rural locations all across Louth to get involved and have their say on behalf of their communities and the county they know and love,' said the Dundalk TD
'We can all see, and have had to live with the legacy of previous bad planning. This is the first time a Government has planned 20 years ahead like this. We must deal with the challenges and opportunities brought about by the fact that our population is forecast to increase by 1 million by 2040.
We will have 500,000 additional people at work here and a need for at least 500,000 extra homes close to services and amenities.'
Deputy Fitzpatrick warned: 'We cannot continue the type of unbalanced development that has seen major growth only in the Dublin area and in the east. We need strong well developed cities across the country providing regional balance, encouraging people to live and work outside of Dublin
He added: 'I encourage everyone interested in this to check out www.ireland2040.ie , where you can make an initial submission between now and the 16th of March.
A draft plan will be published and the public will be given an opportunity to have their say again at that stage prior to the summer. There will also be a series of regional consultations which I hope Louth people will attend to have their say.'