Local Area Plans

  • What is a Local Area Plan?

    A Local Area Plan is a legal document and is a public statement that provides more detailed planning policies, than the City Development Plan, for areas in the city that are expected to experience significant development and change. It is prepared in consultation with local communities, members of the public, service providers, statutory bodies and landowners. It sets out a strategy for the proper planning and sustainable development of an area.

    A Local Area Plan consists of a written statement and maps(s), which set out the local authorities' objectives for the plan area. The plan provides the standards that will guide development in the area. It is valid for six years from the date of adoption by the Council, this period can be extended by a further 5 years by resolution passed by Council members. Local Area Plans should be compatible with national and regional guidance documents and the core strategy and policies of the City Development Plan. It must respond to opportunities and challenges presented by the current economic climate and promote continued economic and social development.

    The Development Plan and Policy Section will carry out public consultation during the preparation of the Local Area Plan. Local Area Plans are adopted by the Members of Galway City Council.

    The City Development Plan 2017-2023 includes for the preparation of Local Area Plans for lands at Ardaun, Murroogh and the Headford Road area (south of the Bodkin Junction).

    Read more on Local Area Plans in Chapter 10 of the City Development Plan

    Galway City Council Development Plan 2017-2023


  • Draft Ardaun Local Area Plan

    Galway City Council has prepared a Draft Local Area Plan for lands situated at the area known as Ardaun on the east side of the city (164ha).

    Galway City Council has determined that Strategic Environmental Assessment is required and an Environmental Report has been prepared outlining the likely significant effects on the environment of implementing the Draft Local Area Plan.

    Appropriate Assessment Screening pursuant to Article 6 of the EU Habitats Directive 92/43/EEC has been carried out and Galway City Council has determined that an Appropriate Assessment is not required.

    The Draft Local Area Plan, Environmental Report and Appropriate Assessment Screening Report, is available for inspection from Thursday 7th September to Friday 20th October 2017 at the Planning Department, Galway City Council, City Hall, College Road, Galway and at the following locations:

    Location Hours

    • The Cumasú Centre, Doughiska - During normal opening hours
    • Ballybane Library - During normal opening hours
    • Galway City Library - During normal opening hours
    • Westside Library - During normal opening hours
    • Knocknacarra Community Centre - During normal opening hours

    Submissions or Observations, with respect to the Draft Ardaun Local Area Plan, SEA Environmental Report and the AA Screening Report, can be made in writing to Galway City Council and will be taken into consideration by the Council before the making of the Local Area Plan.

    Children or groups or associations representing the interests of children are entitled to make Submissions/Observations.

    Submissions/Observations should be addressed to: Senior Planner, Planning Department, Galway City Council, City Hall, College Road, Galway or emailed to the following address, devplan@galwaycity.ie


    The closing date for receipt of Submissions/Observations is 4pm on Friday 20th October 2017 .

    Written Submissions/Observations should be marked Draft Ardaun Local Area Plan and state the name of the person/body making the submission.

    Public Information Session/Drop-in Clinic

    Galway City Council will hold a public information session on Wednesday 27th September 2017 at The Cumasú Centre, Doughiska from 4.00pm to 8.00pm

    A drop-in clinic will be held in the Planning Department every Thursday afternoon from 2.30pm to 4.00pm during the public display period. No prior appointment is necessary. Meetings can be arranged at other times subject to appointment.

    If you have any queries, please contact the Development Plan and Policy Section, Planning Department, Galway City Council at 091 536822.


    Draft Local Area Plan

    Draft Ardaun Local Area Plan 2018-2024

    Strategic Environmental Report

    Appropriate Assessment Screening Report

    Appropriate Assessment Determination

    Public Notice Draft Ardaun Local Area Plan

    Fógra Poiblí Dréacht-Phlean Limistéir Áitiúil do na hArdáin

    Chief Executive's Report on Submissions / Observations

    Submissions / Observations (53 Mb)


  • Summary of the Process for Preparing a Local Area Plan

    The following is a summary of the time scale and processes involved in the preparation and adoption of a Local Area Plan (LAP).

    1. Pre-Draft Public Consultation Phase

    Prior to preparing a draft Plan, the local authority takes whatever steps it considers necessary to consult the public including public bodies, non-governmental agencies, resident associations, community groups, and business interests in the area.

    2. Draft Plan Preparation

    The draft plan is prepared by the City Council for display taking into account issues raised during the pre-draft consultation phase.

    3. Public Notice & Plan Display

    An advertisement is placed in national newspapers announcing the preparation of a LAP. Notice and a copy of the Draft LAP is also sent to prescribed bodies such as the Department of Education and Science, NRA, ESB. The Draft Plan goes on display for a minimum period of 6 weeks during which submissions / observations are invited from the public and all interested parties.

    4. Preparation of Chief Executive's Report on Submissions / Observations

    This report must be submitted to the Elected Members of the City Council for their consideration not later than 12 weeks after notice is published in the national newspapers.

    5. Chief Executive's Report Submitted to Elected Members for Consideration

    Elected Members have 6 weeks to consider the report and adopt / amend the plan.

    6.Amendment of Local Area Plan

    If the Elected Members decide to amend the LAP other than what is recommended in the Chief Executive's Report, the Planning Authority must publish notice of the proposed amendment or modification not later than 3 weeks after the passing of a resolution to materially alter the plan.

    7. Display of Proposed Amendment

    The proposed amendment(s) of a LAP must go on public display for not less than 4 weeks. Written submissions/observations received in respect of material alterations to the LAP are put on public display.

    8. Preparation of Chief Executive's Report on Submissions on Proposed Amendment

    Chief Executive's report to be prepared on submissions/observations received in respect of material alterations to the LAP not later than 8 weeks after notice is published.

    9. Elected Members Consider Proposed Amendment / Modification & Chief Executive's Report.

    Elected Members to make or amend the LAP with amendment(s) proposed by the Planning Authority or, if different as recommended in the Chief Executive's report not later than 6 weeks after receiving the report.