Following the publication of the National Planning Framework (N.P.F.) each region is now required to develop and adopt a Regional Spatial & Economic Strategy (R.S.E.S.) and all County Development Plans must be consistent with the R.S.E.S. when adopted. In order to allow each county to align the timeframe for their statutory plans with the relevant R.S.E.S., the Planning & Development Bill currently before the Oireachtas contains a provision that requires Planning Authorities to pause the statutory review process where it is in progress or to vary adopted plans immediately following adoption of the relevant R.S.E.S. The legislation is now at an advanced stage and it is understood that it is expected to be passed before the Dáil summer recess.
Taking the above into account, Meath County Council has decided that in the interest of the proper planning and sustainable development of the county, the current review of the Draft Meath County Development Plan 2019-2025 will be temporarily paused pending the adoption of the R.S.E.S.