Services » Strategic Planning & Economic Development

Local Area Plans






Cork City Docks Icon               Tivoli Docks Icon

Cork City Council is preparing statutory Local Area Plans (LAPs) for the Cork City Docks and Tivoli Docks. The Council made the commitment to prepare LAPS for these Key Development Areas in the Cork City Development Plan 2015 - 2021. The City Docks LAP will replace the South Docks Local Area Plan 2008 and the expired North Docks Local Area Plan 2005. The Tivoli Docks LAP will be a new plan.

As a first step, the City Council is undertaking a pre-plan issues exploration consultation and invites all stakeholders and interested parties to identify the issues that they feel need to be addressed in the proposed LAPs and how the areas should be redeveloped. Please click on the links to view the Issues Papers.

Cork City Docks Issues Paper

Tivoli Docks Issues Paper

A Cork City Docks Issues Paper and Tivoli Docks Issues Paper can be viewed at the Cork City Libraries, the Planning Counter at Cork City Hall, or you can request a copy by contacting the Planning Policy team on 021-4924086 or 021-4924757.

 A public consultation workshop to promote discussion about the future of the City Docks and Tivoli Docks will be held on Tuesday 20 June 2017. Further details to follow. 

Cork City Council invites written submissions from you to inform the plan-making processes. Submissions must include your own name and address and clearly identify which Local Area Plan process they relate to. The deadline for the receipt of submissions is 1.00pm on Friday 7 July 2017. Please make submissions by using the following e-consult tool:


Alternatively you can make a postal submission to: Local Area Plan Submissions, Planning Policy Section, Strategic Planning and Economic Development, City Hall, Cork.

Local Area Plan Process

Local area plans, (LAPs) are prepared in accordance with Part II, Section 20 of the Planning & Development Acts 2000 - 2006 and are required to be consistent with the objectives of the Cork City Development Plan 2009-2015. LAPs consist of a written statement and plans indicating detailed objectives, including community facilities, amenities and design standards. 

LAPs are prepared for areas that require economic, physical and social renewal, and/or areas likely to be subject to large scale development within the lifetime of the development plan. This includes Cork’s ‘Major Development Areas’ of Docklands, Blackpool and Mahon. 

In preparing a LAP, the planning authority shall consult statutory bodies, the local community and local stakeholders including local residents, community groups and commercial & business interests.  

It is a reserved function of the elected member of the Council to make, amend or revoke a local area plan based on the issues raised during public consultation and the recommendations of the City Manager, taking account of the proper planning and sustainable development of the area. 

Local Area Plans are also subject to environmental assessment, including Strategic Environmental Assessment, Habitat Directive Assessment and Strategic Flood Risk Assessment. This means that the objectives in plans are subject to scrutiny as to whether they cause environmental impacts, impacts on protected habitats or are likely to be subject to flood risk.


The following statutory Local Area Plans are adopted: