Report from Economic SPC Feb 2019


We were updated on the Clare/UL Strategic Development Zone. The proposal is with government and a Strategic Environmental Assessment has been requested before it can proceed. The next stage will be to prepare a master plan which will then be sent to An Bord Pleanala for planing permission. This plan will be subject to an Environmental Impact Assessment. If permission is granted by ABP developments within the master plan will be fast tracked once developers are on board.

The Regional Spatial and Economic Strategy dominated the meeting again today. The draft is now open for submissions – all 331 pages of it!

Clare PPN plan to have a workshop to prepare a submission within the coming weeks. Keep an eye on their website and Facebook page for details.

Draft RSES

“Draft Southern Region’s Regional Spatial and Economic Strategy

The Southern Regional Assembly have prepared a draft Regional Spatial and Economic Strategy (RSES) for the whole of the Southern Region for the period 2019-2031. The draft RSES provides a long-term regional level strategic planning and economic framework, in support of the implementation of the National Planning Framework, for the future physical, economic and social developments for the Southern Region.

The draft RSES is a consultation document and the Southern Regional Assembly will consider all submissions made in writing between Tuesday 18th December 2018 and on or before 5.00pm Friday 08th March 2019before adopting the RSES.  Submissions or observations can be made” ….. more here

Shannon LNG also came up in the context of the RSES. You need to send submissions in to the RSES if you wish to oppose it being included. As well as lobby councillors, TDs and MEPs that you want it taken out of the strategy. There is a campaign to Stop Shannon LNG.

There was a conversation about a data centre and thankfully two councillors are aware of how energy intensive they are. They were reassured that “natural” gas would be the power of choice. Of course I did have to point out that all fossil fuel is natural – that doesn’t mean it’s clean. Carbon dioxide is natural. So too is Radon. Does that make them safe? I’m getting pretty tired of the resistance to change – even to the idea of change. What part of “we are already seeing the consequences of 1°C of global warming through more extreme weather, rising sea levels and diminishing Arctic sea ice, among other changes” do the decision makers and civil servants not get??? Taken from the Summary for Policymakers of IPCC Special Report on Global Warming of 1.5°C approved by governments

Here are the minutes from the meeting in December which were passed today:

Theresa O’Donohoe

February 11th 2019

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