The main instrument for regulating, controlling and – essentially – promoting sustainable development in County Sligo is the Development Plan. The Plan states the County Council's policies for land use and for development control in its area. The Council, in exercising control, must consider the provisions of the Plan and try to secure its objectives.
A new Development Plan must be made every six years. The County Council is required to publish notice of its intention to review the Plan, not later than four years after the making of a development plan. The review process extends over two years.
The territory under the jurisdiction of Sligo County Council is covered by two development plans: Sligo and Environs Development Plan 2010-2016 (SEDP)
– covering the Borough area and the Environs of Sligo (the town’s extension outside the Borough Council’s jurisdiction). SEDP has been adopted by both Sligo Borough Council (www.sligoborough.ie
) and Sligo County Council. Sligo County Development Plan 2011-2017 (CDP)
– covering the entire County except for the Environs of Sligo. The CDP includes mini-plans for 30 towns and villages throughout the county.
Local Area Plans
In order to facilitate the application of the broad policy framework of the County Development Plan to specific locations, the County Council has decided to adopt local area plans (LAPs) for County Sligo’s Key Support Towns and other settlements or areas under significant development pressure.
The following are adopted Local Area Plans.