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Local Area Plans

The Cork City Development Plan 2015 - 2021  ( sets out the strategic framework for the development of the city and is the guiding document for local plans. The City Council prepares development guidance that considers a place in more detail. This can take the form of statutory local area plans, or non-statutory area action plans and development briefs.‌‌

Adopted Statutory Local Area Plans

The following statutory Local Area Plans are adopted:

Proposed Local Area Plans


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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 or copies can be obtained from 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.

Cork City Docks Issues Paper

Tivoli Docks Issues Paper

Consultation workshops

Cork City Council held two consultation workshops on Tuesday 20 June 2017. The following report summarises the output from the workshops:

Photo Report Docklands Workshop

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 Plans Process

Local area plans (LAPs) are prepared in accordance with Part II, Section 20 of the Planning & Development Act 2000 (as amended) [link to this and are required to be consistent with the objectives of the current Cork City Development Plan 2015-2021. 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 Cork City Docks, Tivoli Docks, Blackpool and Mahon. 

Local Area Plans: Guidelines for Planning Authorities (DHPCLG, 2013) (link via sets out a useful guide to what local area plans are, what goes into them and the plan-making process in more detail.

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. Cork City Council consults through the Public Participation Network (link to this: ) to engage with the citizens of Cork and third sector organisations.

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.