Variation No. 1

Variation No. 1 of Sligo County Development Plan 2017-2023

Alignment with the National Planning Framework and the Regional Spatial and Economic Strategy

Variation No. 1 of Sligo County Development Plan 2017-2023 (PDF) - 4,253 kbs  PDF
SEA Screening Report of Variation No. 1 (PDF) - 1,909 kbs  PDF

Background to the Variation No. 1

On 12 October 2020, the elected members of Sligo County Council made the Variation No. 1 to the Sligo County Development Plan 2017–2023 (CDP) under Section 13 of the Planning and Development Act 2000 (as amended).

Planning legislation requires that the Development Plan be varied to incorporate the recent changes in national and regional policy:

  • at national level, the National Spatial Strategy 2002-2020 was replaced in 2018 by the National Planning Framework/Project Ireland 2040;
  • at regional level, the Border Regional Planning Guidelines 2010-2022 were replaced in 2020 by the Regional Spatial and Economic Strategy for the Northern and Western Region.


Summary of necessary changes to the CDP

Only five of the thirteen chapters in Volume 1 of the CDP required certain changes. These are:

  • Chapter 1. Introduction
  • Chapter 3. Core Strategy
  • Chapter 4. Economic Development
  • Chapter 5. Housing
  • Chapter 8. Transport and Mobility

Apart from specific amendments to the above chapters, references to NSS, RPG and Gateway City needed to be replaced by references to NPF, RSES and Regional Growth Centre throughout the CDP.


What does not change in the CDP

The updated County population projections are not substantially different from the ones currently stated in the CDP, therefore there is no requirement for additional lands to be zoned in towns and villages outside the Sligo and Environs Area.

This means that the Mini-Plans in Volume 2 of the CDP do not require any modifications.

Any zoning modifications in the Sligo and Environs area will be made as part of the preparation of the Local Area Plan scheduled to recommence as soon as this CDP Variation is adopted by Sligo County Council.

The Settlement Hierarchy, the Housing Strategy and the Retail Strategy for County Sligo do not need to change.


Public Consultation

The Draft Variation No. 1 was subject to public consultation from 27 July to 24 August 2020 (four weeks). The relevant documents were made available to be viewed online or downloaded from the Council’s website at

and from the Council’s new consultation portal, at

Written submissions or observations regarding the Draft Variation No. 1 could be made between Monday 27 July and Monday, 24 August 2020

All eleven submissions received were made available for public viewing on the Council’s consultation portal.

On 21 September 2020, the Council’s Chief Executive submitted to the elected members a report on the eleven submissions and observations made in relation to the Draft Variation No. 1.

On 12 October 2020, at the end of a special Council meeting, the elected members resolved to make the Variation in accordance with the recommendations contained in the Chief Executive’s Report and the modification to the Draft Amendment no. 14 agreed by resolution during the meeting.

The Variation No. 1 became operational on the same day, 12 October 2020.

SEA Screening Report of Draft Variation No. 1 (PDF) - 1,908 kbs  PDF
Draft Variation no. 1 (PDF) - 2,706 kbs  PDF
Chief Executive's Report on Submissions (Draft Variation No. 1 of Sligo CDP 2017-2023) (with Errata) (PDF) - 3,256 kbs  PDF