The making of a Regional Spatial and Economic Strategy (RSES) is a function of the relevant Regional Assembly, in this case the North West Regional Assembly (NWRA), under Section 21 of the Planning and Development Act 2000 (as amended).
The NWRA, at its meeting on 9 November 2018, adopted a Draft RSES for public consultation. Further to a ten-week statutory public consultation period and the preparation of a Director's Report on submissions made, the Assembly, at a meeting on 26 April 2019, agreed to make a series of material and non-material amendments to the draft RSES.
Further to the local elections and subsequent nominations from local authorities to form a new Assembly, the incoming Regional Assembly met on 25 July 2019 to consider material amendments to the draft RSES. The amendments were placed on display on 4 August 2019 for a period of public consultation that will run until 11 October 2019.
Further to consideration of submissions on material amendments by Assembly members, it is envisaged that the final RSES will be adopted during November 2019. The adoption of the RSES will require the review and update processes in respect of City and County Development Plans in the Northern and Western Regional Assembly area to commence within six months, or if relevant, recommence within three months.