Written Answers. - National Spatial Strategy.

Olwyn Enright

Question:

329 Ms Enright asked the Minister for the Environment and Local Government the local, regional and sectoral development authorities and agencies which will be involved in implementing the national spatial strategy in each identified gateway; when this process will begin; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [3920/03]

The national spatial strategy, NSS, indicates that in relation to gateways and hubs, the focus for action must lie in establishing consensus on integrated spatial frameworks for land use, planning, urban design, transport and public service delivery. The relevant enterprise and infrastructure development authorities and agencies will be consulted in the development of these frameworks. The relevant local authorities – county councils, city councils and town councils, as the case may be – have primary responsibility for driving the preparation of these frameworks and translating their provisions into statutory development plans that will guide the development process through the planning system.

The frameworks will focus on the practical realisation of the gateway or hub. In some cases, more than one local authority may be involved. However, provision has been made in the Planning and Development Act 2000 and in the Local Government Act 2001 for the preparation of joint plans and the use of joint committees between local authorities to address cross boundary issues, including transportation issues. Regional authorities, in co-operation with the local authorities and city and county development boards in different areas, will also support the process.