FAC Contribute to NWRA’s Draft Regional Spatial and Economic Strategy
On Monday, the Northern and Western Regional Assembly (NWRA) released their Draft Regional Spatial and Economic Strategy (RSES) for public consultation. This is a significant step for the newly formed Assembly and is the culmination of several months of extensive research. FAC are delighted to have contributed to this strategy, having performed preliminary baseline analysis for the report as well as undertaking the design of the Draft RSES.
The NWRA is one of three Regional Assemblies in Ireland, formed subsequent to the enactment of the Local Government Reform Act 2014. Counties Galway, Roscommon, Leitrim, Sligo, Donegal, Monaghan, Mayo and Cavan are all within the region’s boundaries and approximately 847,442 people call the region their home. It is comprised of 25 Elected Members nominated by the nine Local Authorities that represent each county and aims to drive the transformation of this part of Ireland towards a more creative, vibrant and low-carbon economy.
One of the key functions of the Assembly is to prepare an RSES, which replaces the Regional Planning Guidelines. The RSES will support the implementation of the National Planning Framework at a regional level, effectively setting the framework for economic development and spatial planning for each of the 9 Local Authorities. It is a comprehensive document that focuses on a wide-array of challenges and opportunities that face the region and offers strategies to manage spatial development and build a sustainable economy that future generations can enjoy.
The Draft RSES is available to view through the Assembly’s website via this link. Submissions and observations on the draft strategy or its associated environmental reports can be made to the Assembly there.
FAC welcome the release of NWRA’s Draft Regional Spatial and Economic Strategy and are proud to have contributed towards the development of this significant piece of work. The future possibilities for the Northern and Western region are promising and the RSES will undoubtedly contribute towards this by facilitating the creation of a dynamic and sustainable economy.
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