Public urged to have their say on shaping the future of County Carlow

Carlow County Council is commencing a review of the County Development Plan which is one of the most significant and broad strategic functions of Carlow County Council. It is a document which guides the future growth and development of the County over a period of several years. The Council are encouraging everyone to get involved, become engaged and have their say on the Issues Paper for the new County Development Plan. This is the public opportunity for their views to help influence how County Carlow grows and develops over the coming years.

The Council commenced the public engagement for the plan today 24th June 2020 with the publication of a public consultation document which identifies some of the key challenges facing the county in areas such as housing, employment, infrastructure, climate action, energy and transport.

Cathaoirleach of the Council Cllr. Tom O’Neill said,

“We would like to encourage as many people as possible to get involved in contributing to the county development plan. We want to hear people’s views, expectations and hopes about how they feel the county should grow and prosper in the coming years. The County Development Plan is a hugely significant document. It will cover everything from population growth, to employment and economic development, housing, transport, tourism, natural resources, community development, infrastructure, culture, environment, regeneration, rural development. Everything of note that happens in the county is covered by the County Development Plan. This is why public input is so vital.

We know that local residents have the best insight and knowledge into what works for their communities, so we want to harness this expert knowledge to good effect. This plan will focus on ensuring that the towns, villages and rural settlements throughout the county thrive and become more vibrant and sustainable communities in which to both live and work. The County Development Plan will carefully map out how this can be achieved while also safeguarding the environment, culture and heritage of the county which makes it so special.”

Chief Executive , of Carlow County Council , Kathleen Holohan said;

“There are many opportunities for the County in terms of population, jobs and growth as set out in national and regional strategy documents. Therefore, it is vital that we have the supporting infrastructure in order to reach these targets and deliver for the county.

We have produced a user-friendly document together with a dedicated online consultation portal which outlines many of the key development issues impacting the county and which need to be addressed. These challenges offer an opportunity for people to consider what needs to be done to both maintain and improve their locality and enhance their quality of life.”

A series of information sessions are being hosted by the Council, where the public will have the opportunity to speak with Council planning staff about the issues they feel are most important to their locality. In order to facilitate social distancing, attendance will be by appointment only. Please ring 059 9170310 to book your appointment time or email [email protected]

Public Consultation Sessions Date Time

Muinebheag Library Tuesday 11th August 3 -7.30pm

Tullow Library Wednesday 12th August 3 -7.30pm

Carlow Library Thursday 13th August 3 -7.30pm

The public consultation document is available to view at Please get involved and HAVE YOUR SAY!