Further opportunities for public to consider Donabate Local Area Plan
THE progress of the Local Area Plan for Donabate will not be slowed down by the council but the local authority has said there will be further opportunities for local people to consider the plan.
Cllr. Gerry McGuire (Lab) expressed some concern that locals had not enough time to review the plan because much of the initial public consultation on the LAP took place over the Christmas period.
Responding to that concern, the council's planning department issued a report on how the public consultation had been conducted so far and how it would continue.
The department said: 'As part of the stakeholder consultation process to inform the new plan, an information evening/workshop was organised as a forum for council staff hear the views of, and interact with the community.
'The event also aimed at helping members of the public to make a submission to inform the preparation of the future plan. This is the beginning of the plan making process and no proposals, plans, etc were tabled at the meeting.'
The report from the planning department on the issue continues: 'The evening was originally scheduled for November 2013.
'After discussion with the Donabate & Portrane Community Council it was re-arranged for a date in early December to allow it to be publicised in their newsletter which was being distributed in the area over the preceding week.
'The workshop was held in Donabate Community College to facilitate the attendance of local residents.
'The closing date for submissions to the consultation was also extended to January 31, 2014 to allow people sufficient time to formulate their comments after the busy Christmas period.
'As the LAP progresses there will further public display and consultation periods to allow full participation by the community.'