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The Planning Authority is required to make a Development Plan every six years. The Development Plan sets out a vision and an overall strategy for the proper planning and sustainable development of the County. It comprises of a written statement and a plan or plans indicating the development objectives for the area in question.
The Wexford County Development Plan 2022-2028 is a comprehensive policy document, extending to 13 Volumes. It contains the policies, objectives and development management standards which will guide development in the County during the plan period (Volumes 1-2). It contains Settlement Plans for Bunclody Town and Rosslare Harbour and Kilrane and Specific Objectives for Castlebridge and Rosslare Strand (Volume 3). It also contains the Record of Protected Structures and Architectural Conservation Areas (Volumes 5-6), the Landscape Character Assessment (Volume 7), the Retail Strategy for the County (Volume 8), the Housing Strategy (Volume 9) and the Energy Strategy (Volume 10). The County Development Plan was subject to various assessments required under EU Directives – the Strategic Flood Risk Assessment, Strategic Environmental Assessment and Appropriate Assessment are contained in Volumes 11-13 of the Plan.
Local Area Plans
A Local Area Plan may be prepared in respect of any area which the Planning Authority considers suitable and, in particular, for those areas which require economic, physical and social renewal and for areas likely to be subject to large scale development. The policies or objectives contained in a Local Area Plan must be considered with the objectives of the County Development Plan. Local Area Plans are currently in place for Gorey Town and Environs and Courtown and Riverchapel.
New Plans are currently being prepared for Wexford Town and Enniscorthy Town.