The Mid West Area Strategic Plan (MWASP) was developed to provide a planning policy framework to guide decision making on the physical and spatial development of the Mid-West to 2030.
Limerick City and County Council, on behalf of the four local authorities in the Mid-West region, which also includes Clare County Council and North Tipperary County Council, and working with the Mid-West Regional Authority, have prepared a Strategic Plan which examines the future vision for planning, land-use and transportation in the Mid-West Region.
The Mid-West Area Strategic Plan (MWASP) incorporates a ‘Planning, Land Use and Transportation Strategy’ for the Mid West region.
The Plan aims to promote balanced growth within the region and to achieve the maximum social, economic, health and cultural benefits for all the region’s citizens.
The MWASP Plan has completed the adoption/approval process by the four local authorities and the Mid West Regional Authority. The Plan is accompanied by a Strategic Environmental Assessment (SEA) Statement prepared in accordance with Statutory Instrument No. 435 of 2004, the requirements of the European Communities (Environmental Assessment of Certain Plans and Programmes) Regulations, 2004 as amended by S.I No 200 of 2011, (European Communities (Environmental Assessment of Certain Plans and Programmes) Regulations 2011) which summarises the following.
- How environmental considerations have been integrated into the MWASP preparation process.
- How the Environmental Report prepared pursuant to Article 12, submissions and observations made to Limerick City Council and the Mid-West Regional Authority, on behalf of the four (4) Local Authorities in the Mid-West Region, in response to a notice under Article 13 and any consultations under Article 14 of the European Communities SEA Directive have been taken into consideration during the preparation of the Plan.
The SEA Statement also includes a description of the reasons for choosing the targets and recommendations in the Plan. The other reasonable alternatives considered are also dealt with in the MWASP preparation process in addition to the measures decided upon to monitor, in accordance with Article 17, any significant environmental effects which arise in the implementation of the Plan.
Pursuant to Article 6(3) of the Habitats Directive 92/43/EEC the MWASP is also accompanied by a Habitats (Appropriate) Assessment Determination Report.
A copy of the Mid West Area Strategic Plan and the associated Environmental Reports are available online for inspection. Click here.