Carlow Graiguecullen Joint Urban Local Area Plan 2023-2029

Closed16 Sep, 2022, 9:00am - 14 Oct, 2022, 5:00pm

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Carlow Graiguecullen Joint Urban Local  Area Plan 2023-2029

We welcome your submissions

Notice is hereby given that jointly Carlow and Laois County Councils intend to prepare a Draft Joint Urban Local Area Plan for the Carlow-Graiguecullen Area and are now engaging in pre-draft consultation pursuant to Section 20 (1) of the Planning and Development Act, 2000 (as amended).

The pre-draft consultation will inform preparation of the Draft Local Area Plan which will be subject to further consultation at a later stage which will be accompanied by an Environmental Report prepared as part of a Strategic Environmental Assessment under the Planning and Development (Strategic Environmental Assessment) Regulations, 2004 (as amended). The Draft Local Area Plan will also be subject to the Appropriate Assessment requirements under the Habitats Directive (92/43/EEC).

To inform the process a pre-draft Issues Paper has been prepared in order to give a broad overview of the main development issues currently impacting on the Carlow-Graiguecullen Urban Area and identifies the issues that the next Local Area Plan could address. This document can be viewed and downloaded from this consultation portal and a full PDF version can downloaded  by clicking on the 'Issues Paper PDF' tab below.

 Issues Paper PDF



If you are interested in planning and development issues in the Carlow-Graiguecullen Urban Area and wish to contribute to the shaping of its future, please make a submission to the Planning Authority at this stage before 5pm, Friday 14th October 2022

Two Information Sessions for members of the public will be held at the following dates:

Shaw Room at Carlow Central Library, Tullow Street, Carlow

Thursday 29th September

14:30 - 18:00
Talbot Hotel, Graigue, Portlaoise Road, Carlow

Thursday 6th October

14:30 - 18:00

Should any member of the public wish to make a specific appointment during either of these two information sessions, please arrange to do so by phone 059 9170310 or by email to:

Canoes tied to railing on River Barrow

We welcome your submissions and participation in this early stage consultation. 

Your submissions may be made in the following ways:

1. Through the relevant consultation portal(s) listed hereunder. 
- Carlow County Council: here using the 'Make a Submission' link opposite
- Laois County Council:
2. By email to:
- or 
3.  In writing marked “Carlow-Graiguecullen Joint Urban Local Area Plan Review” and sent to the following relevant address:
- Carlow County Council Senior Executive Officer Planning Department Carlow County Council Athy Road Carlow
- Laois County Council Senior Planner Planning Department Laois County Council Portlaoise
Co. Laois
Next Steps: 
Following the Pre-Draft consultation process, a report on submissions received relating to the relevant functional area will be prepared and presented to the Elected Members of Carlow and Laois as appropriate. Following this, a Draft Local Area Plan will be prepared and published in Q1 of 2023. A further period of public consultation will take place and it is anticipated that the Carlow Graiguecullen Local Area Plan will be adopted Q3/4 of 2023. 

Carlow County Council and Laois County Council addresses