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Local Area Plans

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: