Chapter 4: Economic Strategy

Closeddate_range31 May, 2021, 9:00am - 29 Jun, 2021, 4:00pm
Amendment No.: Proposed Amendment Chapter 4.1
Submission/NOM/(FTF) NOM Numbers

NOM 17 
Cllr Paddy Meade
MH-C5-375
Drogheda Port Company 

Chapter/Section   

 4.7.2.2

Proposed Material Amendment

Add new policy to Section 4.7.2.2 ‘Regional Growth Centre – Drogheda’

ED POL XX
To support and protect the role of Drogheda Port as a port of regional significance including facilitating the relocation of Drogheda Port in Meath subject to a feasibility study and appropriate coastal zone management, as well as supporting the future development of the Port Access Northern Cross Route (PANCR), in line with RPO 4.12.

Amendment No.: Proposed Amendment Chapter 4.2
Submission/NOM/(FTF) NOM Numbers

MH-C5-631
Love Drogheda BID CLG 

Chapter/Section

Section
4.7.2.2 Regional Growth Centre – Drogheda, 

Proposed Material Amendment

Amend policy ED OBJ 22 in Section 4.7.2.2 Regional Growth Centre – Drogheda, as follows: 

ED OBJ 22
To seek to maximise the tourism potential of the significant tourism hub within the Boyne Valley region which includes the UNESCO World Heritage Site of Brú na Bóinne, the Battle of the Boyne Site at Oldbridge, the Boyne River and the coastal area of East Meath stretching from Mornington to Gormonston whilst ensuring the environmental protection of sensitive and protected coastal habitats and landscape.
 

Amendment No.: Proposed Amendment Chapter 4.3
Submission/NOM/(FTF) NOM Numbers

MH-C5-816
Office of the Planning Regulator 

Chapter/Section 

Section 4.7.2.3

Proposed Material Amendment
Update the following objective contained in Section 4.7.2.3 ‘Key Town – Navan’: 


ED OBJ 24
To implement the extension support the reappraisal and thereafter, promote, facilitate and advance of the Dunboyne/M3 Parkway rail line to Navan during the Midterm review of the Regional Spatial and Economic Strategy, in accordance with Table 8.2 of the Regional Spatial and Economic Strategy.

Amendment No.: Proposed Amendment Chapter 4.4
Submission/NOM/(FTF) NOM Numbers

MH-C5-816
Office of the Planning Regulator 

Chapter/Section

 Section 4.7.3.2

Proposed Material Amendment

Delete the following objective from Section 4.7.3.2 ‘Dunshaughlin’;

ED OBJ 39

To explore in conjunction with Irish Rail and other stakeholders the feasibility of a future rail spur off the Navan-Dublin Rail line from Dunshaughlin to serve Ashbourne and Ratoath.

Amendment No.: Proposed Amendment Chapter 4.5
Submission/NOM/(FTF) NOM Numbers

MH-C5-372
Marston Planning on behalf of Tattersalls Ireland 

Chapter/Section

Section 4.7.4.2

Proposed Material Amendment

Objective ED OBJ 58 to be amended in Section 4.7.4.2 Ratoath as follows:

“To support the development of an equestrian hub at Ratoath within the Strategic Employment Site that maximises the internationally recognised equine facilities at Tattersalls and Fairyhouse and ensures the County continues to be a leader in the Irish and International sport horse industry, including breeding, racing, competing, and training as well as facilitating the diversification of these businesses to enable their continued expansion and employment generation.”

Amendment No.: Proposed Amendment Chapter 4.6
Submission/NOM/(FTF) NOM Numbers

MH-C5-272 Navan & District Angling Association
MH C5-453 Boyne Catchment Angling Association
MH-C5-556 Kells Anglers

Chapter/Section

Section 4.11.1  

Proposed Material Amendment

Include new Policy in Section 4.11.1 Rural Enterprise:

ED POL XX
To support sustainable game and coarse angling throughout the Boyne Valley in County Meath in line with normal planning considerations so as to enhance and support angling tourism in addition to protecting and raising awareness of aquatic based species and habitat improvement

Amendment No.: Proposed Amendment Chapter 4.7
Submission/NOM/(FTF) NOM Numbers

MH-C5-1016
Hibernia Steel Products Ltd 
MH-C5-901 
N2 Auto Salvage Ltd

Chapter/Section

Section 4.11.1  

Proposed Amendment as per CE Report

Include the following additional Policy in Section 4.11.1 ‘Rural Enterprise’:

ED POL XX
Meath County Council shall positively consider and assess development proposals for the expansion of existing authorised industrial or business enterprises in the countryside where the resultant development does not negatively impact on the character and amenity of the surrounding area. In all instances, it should be demonstrated that the proposal would not generate traffic of a type and amount inappropriate for the standard of the access roads. This policy shall not apply to the National Road Network

 

Amendment No. Proposed Amendment Chapter 4.8
Submission/NOM/(FTF) NOM Numbers

MH-C5-816
Office of the Planning Regulator

Chapter/Section  Section 4.11.1  
Proposed Material Amendment

Include the following policy in Section 4.11.1 ‘Rural Enterprise’:

ED POL XX

To support the implementation of the Rural Development Investment Programme and the Town and Village Renewal Scheme across the County and prepare for future funding opportunities from these initiatives or any new initiative that may replace these.

Amendment No. Proposed Amendment Chapter 4.9
Submission/NOM/(FTF) NOM Numbers

MH-C5-685
Tony Bamford Planning on behalf of LIDL Ireland GmbH

Chapter/Section  Section 4.12 Retail  
Proposed Material Amendment

Include new objective in Section 4.12 ‘Retail’;

ED OBJ XX To undertake a review of the Meath County Retail Strategy 2020-2026, over the life of the Development Plan.

Amendment No.:  Proposed Amendment Chapter 4.10
Submission/NOM/(FTF) NOM Numbers

MH-C5-60
Eastern and Midland Regional Assembly

Chapter/Section   

 Section 4.1.7

​​​​​​​Proposed Material Amendment

Amendment to Table 4.1 ‘Retail Hierarchy’ contained in Section 4.17 Retail Hierarchy as follows;

– Enfield changed from Level 3 to Level 4

Table 4.1

Level

Type of Centre

Centre

Type of services

Level 1

 

None

 

Level 2

Major town centre/County Town

Navan

Level 2 centres should offer a full range of types of retail services from newsagents to specialist shops, large department stores, convenience stores of all types, shopping centres and a high level of mixed uses. Level 2 centres should be well serviced by public transport.

Level 3

Town And/Or District Centres and Sub County Town Centres

Ashbourne, Dunboyne*, Dunshaughlin, Kells, Trim, Laytown/ Bettystown, Enfield

Level 3 centres will vary in terms of scale of provision and the size of catchment. Generally where the town is not close to a major town such as Ashbourne/Dunboyne/ Enfield and there is a large catchment there should be a good range of comparison shopping with a mix of uses and services. At least one supermarket and smaller scale comparison department store to cater for local needs.

Level 4

Small towns, village and local centres

Various locations within the county including (although not exclusively) Athboy, Ballivor, Clonee, Duleek, Enfield, Kilmessan, Nobber, Oldcastle, Ratoath, Slane and Stamullen.

Level 4 centres should generally provide for one supermarket ranging in size with a limited range of local shops, supporting services such as a health centre, community facilities and recreation uses. This type of centre should meet the day to day needs of the local population and surrounding catchment.

Level 5

Small villages

Various locations

These centres should meet the basic day to day needs of the surrounding residents. These shops can present as a rural focal point with a local post office near to the local primary school or GAA club or as a small terrace of shops in an urban area such as Blackcastle Shopping centre in Navan.

Other

 

Southern Environs of Drogheda

Drogheda environs contain a relatively large quantum of retail development due to its association with Drogheda, a second tier centre in the national retail hierarchy. Southgate Shopping Centre (District Centre) is located at Colpe Cross on the southern fringe of Drogheda and includes a significant office component. The retail provision in Drogheda environs performs an important function in serving the needs of the local and surrounding communities.

*Dunboyne will gradually develop over the next 20 years towards a Level 2 Centre in recognition of the status affirmed in the Retail Strategy for the Greater Dublin Area

The above table shall be reflected across Vol. 1 and Vol. 2 of the Draft Plan and shall be reflected in the Meath Retail Strategy 2020-2026

Amendment No.:  Proposed Amendment Chapter 4.11
Submission/NOM/(FTF) NOM Numbers

MH-C5-802
Department of Culture Heritage and the Gaeltacht 

Chapter/Section 

 Section 4.26

​​​​​​​Proposed Material Amendment

Amend the following policy contained in Section 4.26 ‘Development Plan Vision for Tourism’ as follows:

ED POL 38: To support the development of new tourist facilities or upgrading/ extension of existing tourist facilities at tourist sites within the County such as the Hill of Tara, Loughcrew and Trim Castle in conjunction with OPW and DCHG in accordance with the National Monuments Acts 1930 to 2014 and in accordance with proper planning and sustainable development principles. These facilities should avail of shared infrastructure and services where possible and will be designed to the highest architectural and design standards.

Amendment No.: Proposed Amendment Chapter 4.12
Submission/NOM/(FTF) NOM Numbers

MH -C5-746  
Fáilte Ireland  

Chapter/Section

Section 4.26

​​​​​​​Proposed Material Amendment

Include the following body text in Section 4.26 ‘Development Plan Vision for Tourism’ as follows:

Fáilte Ireland has started work on the ‘Ancient’ Visitor Experience Development Plan (AVEDP) which aims to develop world-class experiences focused on the region’s rich ancient heritage. This destination development plan will be implemented over the next five years and will be based primarily around Brú na Bóinne and the greater Boyne Valley areas. It is designed to be a roadmap for enhancing the existing Ancient visitor proposition to achieve the objectives of addressing seasonality, increasing visitor numbers, improving dwell time and visitor dispersion across the destination. The plan will provide a destination wide tourism development focus, harnessing existing plans and examining new projects to create a world class destination, using Ancient as the core theme.

The AVEDP seeks to capture these projects within one plan and maximise their potential over the next five years. In the development of the AVEDP, the associated objectives reflect the contribution of this plan to achieving the of goals of ‘People, Place and Policy: Growing Tourism to 2025’ that include growing visitor numbers, overseas revenue and employment. In achieving these, the plan also addresses the challenges of seasonality, regional dispersion of visitors and sustainability. Recent multi-million-euro investment into the destination by Fáilte Ireland has already mobilised projects with the potential to be transformative. Examining the broader opportunity around the Brú na Bóinne visitor experience in a UNESCO World Heritage Site has been a central focus. However, the AVEDP has identified an additional range of emerging opportunities with the ability to deliver some of the most experiential Ancient experiences in the world.

Amendment No.: Proposed Amendment Chapter 4.13
Submission/NOM/(FTF) NOM Numbers

MH-C5-802
Department of Culture Heritage and the Gaeltacht 

Chapter/Section

Section 4.27

​​​​​​​Proposed Material Amendment

Include the following policy amendments  in Section 4.27 ‘Tourist Infrastructure’: 

ED POL 44 -   To encourage and support the development of the former Town Hall to use as a Visitors Centre for Trim Castle to be undertaken in conjunction with OPW and DCHG.

ED POL 53 -  To support the development and improvement of tourist facilities at historical sites in the County only in instances where the development does not damage the resource or prejudice its future tourist value in any way, particularly in and proximate to the Brú na Boinne and Hill of Tara areas to be undertaken in conjunction with OPW and DCHG.

Amendment No.: Proposed Amendment Chapter 4.14
Submission/NOM/(FTF) NOM Numbers

MH -C5-746  
Fáilte Ireland

Chapter/Section

Section 4.28.2

​​​​​​​Proposed Material Amendment

Amend Section 4.28.2 ‘Festivals and Events’ objectives as follows: 

ED POL 47 To support and promote existing and new festivals and sporting events to increase the cultural, heritage and lifestyle profile of the County, and where appropriate to promote and facilitate the development of new events and venues to host these events.

ED OBJ 73 To support and promote existing and new festivals and sporting events to increase the cultural, heritage and lifestyle profile of the County, subject to the satisfactory location, access, parking provision and protection of the surrounding environment.

Amendment No.: Proposed Amendment Chapter 4.15
Submission/NOM/(FTF) NOM Numbers

NOM 15
Cllr. Gerry O’Connor
Related Submission MH-C5-880
Stephen Little & Associates on behalf of Sasula UC

NOM 51
Cllr. Francis Deane
Related Submission 

MH-C5-1755
WKN Real Estate Advisors on behalf of Maynooth
 Mission to China (Incorporated)

FTF) NOM 55 
Cllr. Nick Killian

MH-C5-633
G Davenport Architecture on behalf of Pat O’Hare 

Chapter/Section

Section 4.28.3 

​​​​​​​Proposed Material Amendment

Include a new policy in Chapter 4, Section 4.28.3 ‘Multi-Experience Attractions’ as follows:

ED POL XX
To promote the historic demesne at Killeen Castle Estate as a high quality integrated tourism product of National significance bearing in mind the unique historic, cultural and architectural importance of the lands and its success to-date in hosting International sporting events and its further potential as an integrated tourism destination centred on a premium Hotel.


The following objective shall be included within Chapter 4, Section 4.28.3, as follows:
Ed OBJ XX

To promote the sustainable use and further development of the Dalgan Park Campus, compatible with existing and established uses which include educational, residential, commercial office, medical, leisure, institutional, tourism and agricultural uses; and future use which include various ancillary tourism uses. The approach seeks, in relation to existing and new development, to protect the heritage, cultural and historical attributes of the Dalgan Park Campus and to ensure the retention of public access. The objective seeks to promote the reuse, expansion and adaptation of existing buildings within the Campus, and to provide suitable future accommodation for the Columban Missionaries.

The following objective shall be included within Chapter 4, Section 4.28.3, as follows:
Ed OBJ XX
“To support the development and conversion of Lagore House and Farm, a historic building and protected structure (MH044107) part of the local cultural heritage, for use as a hotel with associated leisure and equine facilities. The existing walled garden and other vernacular farm buildings attached to Lagore House should be retained and converted as part of the development of the site subject to good planning and architectural conservation practice”. 

Amendment No.: Proposed Amendment Chapter 4.16
Submission/NOM/(FTF) NOM Numbers

MH-C5-112
Transport Infrastructure Ireland (TII) 

Chapter/Section

Section 4.28.5

​​​​​​​Proposed Material Amendment

Amend the body text under ED OB 74 to remove the following text in Section 4.28.5 ‘Walking and Cycling Routes’: 

The delivery of these Greenways and the upgrade of these towpaths will be subject to the outcome of the Appropriate Assessment process. Where likely significant  effects on European Sites are identified, alternative locations and/or deigns will be developed to ensure that the upgrades will not adversely affect the integrity of any European Sites, either alone or in-combination with any other Plans or projects. Considering the general location provided for these upgrades, and the ecological information and assessment required to be carried out to inform their design, it is reasonable to assume that at the detailed design stage any potential for a project element to impact on the European Site could, and will, be resolved through the exploration of alternative locations or designs. If, despite the implementation of mitigation measures, there remains a risk that the proposals will adversely affect the integrity of the European site,  the project will not be progressed unless an alternative solution can be implemented which avoids/ reduces the impact to a level that the integrity of the European Site(s) is (are) unaffected

Please find attached letter of support from Sasula UC with respect to Proposed Amendment Chapter 4.15 - NOM 15.
Please see attached letter.  Submission also relates to Proposed Ratoath Amendments No.6