Southern Environs of Drogheda

Dúnta3 Sam, 2021, 8:59am - 3 Sam, 2021, 9:00am


1.0 Introduction

This written statement will provide a brief description and development strategy for South Drogheda Environs. As required by Regional Policy Objective 4.11 in the RSES1, a Joint Urban Area Plan (UAP) is to be prepared by Meath County Council and Louth County Council during the life of this Plan.

Pending the completion of this Urban Area Plan, a written statement and land use zoning objectives map to establish a framework for inter alia the future UAP, to support economic development and to provide a basis for continued operation of the development management process pending the completion of the UAP has been included.

2.0 Town Context/Character

Drogheda is the largest town in Ireland, with a population of almost 41,000 in 2016. The town is strategically located along the Dublin-Belfast Economic Corridor. Its importance as a centre for population and economic growth is recognised in the designation of the settlement as a Regional Growth Centre in the National Planning Framework.

The Southern Environs of the town lies within the jurisdiction of Meath County Council, where there are strategically located employment and residential lands.

In order to ensure a coherent strategy is in place that would maximise the potential of Drogheda and promote co-ordination between the Local Authorities and key stakeholders a Joint Urban Area Plan is to be prepared for Drogheda by Meath and Louth County Council, in collaboration with the Eastern and Midland Regional Assembly. This Plan will support the development of the town as a driver for economic growth along the Dublin-Belfast Economic Corridor.

Position in Settlement Hierarchy

Regional Growth Centre

2016 Population  (Within the Meath Administrative Area)


2011 Population  (Within the Meath Administrative Area)


Percentage Change 2011-2016


Housing stock 2016


Number of units completed 2016-2019


Committed units not yet built


Core Strategy Household Allocation 2020-20272

1,631 units

Population Projection 2026


Resident Workers 2016


Total Jobs 2016


Job – Workforce Ratio 2016


Education Facilities

Le Chéile Educate Together, Mornington;

Gaelscoil an Bhradáin Feasa, Mill Road, Mornington; and, Drogheda Grammar School, Mornington Road

Community Facilities

There are a range of community facilities in the Drogheda area including Our Lady of Lourdes Hospital, sports clubs, and community buildings

Architectural Conservation Areas (ACAs)


Protected Structures

Drogheda Grammar School

Outbuildings to Stameen House

‘Eagle Lodge’ detached 3 storey house

Zone of Archaeological Potential

There are a number of National Monument Service Zones of Archaeological Notification located across the Southern Environs of Drogheda.

Natura 2000 Sites

The River Boyne & River Blackwater SAC is adjacent to the northern boundary of the Plan area where it abuts the River Boyne.

Strategic Flood Risk Assessment

Manage flood risk and development in line with approved policies and objectives as set out in Vol. 1 Chapter 6: Infrastructure. Development should be subject to an appropriately detailed FRA at development management stage.

Review of land use zonings is required under the Joint Urban Plan.

Water Services Infrastructure/Capacity

Water supply in South Drogheda is served by the East Meath Water Supply Scheme. The main water source is abstraction from the River Boyne at Roughgrange where it is pumped to the Staleen Water Treatment Works and distributed to Drogheda and the East Meath Area following treatment. There is capacity available, however, there are network constraints.

Wastewater in the area is discharged to the Drogheda WWTP. Capacity is available but, there are network constraints.

Modal Share Targets for 2026
Modal Share Target for Walking 22% (Increasing from 9% in 2016)
Modal Share for Cycling 4% (Increasing from 1% in 2016)
Modal Share for Bus 13% (No change from 13% in 2016)
Modal Share for Rail 5% (No change from 5% in 2016)
Reduction Target for Car Use 53% (reduction from 69% in 2016)

3.0 Development Strategy

The Development Strategy for the area will focus on the creation of a sustainable settlement with improved links and connections to the town centre and where there is a balance between population growth and economic development.

Pending the preparation of the Joint Urban Area Plan, it is not proposed to make any amendments or alterations to the land use zoning map for the Southern Environs. The current zoning map and Development Strategy for the settlement will therefore remain in place until such a time as this Plan has been finalised.

South Drogheda has been identified as a strategic employment centre in the Meath Economic Development Strategy due to the strategic location of the area along the Dublin-Belfast Economic Corridor and its connectivity between Dublin City Centre and Airport via road and rail links. The development of the town as a Regional Growth Centre is dependent on economic investment and job creation therefore this Plan will continue to support the economic development of the town and in particular the concentration of development in the IDA Business Park and the employment lands on the Duleek Road.

There has been an increase in residential activity in the area with permission granted for residential developments on the Rathmullan Road and Duleek Road. A Strategic Housing Development of 250 residential units has also been granted permission in Bryanstown. This Plan will support the creation of sustainable communities in South Drogheda, with the development of residential lands being dependent on the provision of any necessary social and physical infrastructure.

4.0 Town Development Policies and Objectives

The Policies and Objectives set out below are in addition to those included in the Written Statement in Volume One of the County Development Plan. To avoid repetition Policies and Objectives have only been restated where they have particular relevance to the settlement. These Policies and Objectives should therefore be read in conjunction with the Policies and Objectives and Development Standards in Volume One of the County Development Plan.


It is the policy of the Council:


To support the continued development of Drogheda as an attractive, vibrant, and accessible Regional Growth Centre that functions as a focal point for economic investment and population growth along the Dublin-Belfast Economic Corridor.


It is an objective  of the Council:


To prepare, as a priority, a Joint Vision and Urban Area Plan for Drogheda in partnership with Louth County Council within the lifetime of this Plan in accordance with the requirements of Regional Policy Objective 4.11 of the RSES for the Eastern and Midland Region and the recommendations set out in the Report of the Drogheda Boundary Review Committee published in February 2017.


To support the sustainable development of existing zoned lands in the Southern Environs of Drogheda with a particular emphasis on the promotion of the IDA Business Park as a location for strategic economic investment and the creation of compact, residential communities in key locations in proximity to established residential areas and transport hubs.


To support the preparation of a Local Transport Plan for Drogheda, in conjunction with Louth County Council and in consultation with the National Transport Authority and other relevant stakeholders.

  • 1 - Regional Policy Objective 4.11 of the RSES sets out the requirement to prepare a Joint Urban Area Plan and is as follows: ‘A cross boundary statutory Joint Urban Area Plan (UAP) for the Regional Growth Centre of Drogheda shall be jointly prepared by Louth and Meath County Councils in collaboration with EMRA. The UAP will support, the development of Drogheda as an attractive, vibrant and highly accessible Regional Centre and economic driver. The Joint UAP will identify a functional urban area and plan boundary for the plan area and strategic housing and employment development areas and infrastructure investment requirements to promote greater coordination and sequential delivery of serviced lands for development.’
  • 2 - The unbuilt extant units have been included in this allocation

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