Draft Variation No 2 of the Monksland/Bellanamullia (Athlone West) Local Area Plan 2016 - 2022 - CE Report and Submissions

Planning & Development Act 2000 (as amended)


Planning & Development Regulations 2001 (as amended)


The Chief Executive's Report on submissions received can now be viewed here.

Submissions received for the Draft Variation No 2 of the Monksland/Beallanamullia (Athlone West) Local Area Plan 2016 - 2022 as detailed below are now available and can be viewed here

In accordance with Section 20(3) of the Planning and Development Act 2000 as amended, notice is hereby given that Roscommon County Council proposes to make Variation No. 2 to the Monksland/Bellanamullia (Athlone West) Local Area Plan 2016-2022.


The reason for undertaking the Variation is to amend the text in the plan in response to the production of the Athlone Joint Retail Strategy (January 2019) which was produced jointly by Roscommon and Westmeath County Councils.


The Variation includes amendments to policies and objectives as well as the inclusion of explanatory text. The Joint Retail Strategy is also included as an addendum to the LAP. The Variation will not include changes to the overall development strategy contained within the Plan or land use zoning changes.


Strategic Environmental Assessment (SEA) and Appropriate Assessment (AA) screening reports and determinations by Roscommon County Council have been prepared for the Variation. These documents are provided for public display.  


In accordance with the SEA directive (2001/42/EC) and the Planning and Development (Strategic Development Assessment) Regulations 2004 as amended, the proposed Variation was screened to ascertain if the preparation of an Environmental Report was required. The SEA screening concludes that a SEA is not required.


In accordance with the Methodological Guidance on the Provisions of Article 6(3) and (4) of the Habitats Directive 92/43/EEC and the requirements of the Birds Directive 79/409/EEC and the Habitats Directive 92/43/EEC, the proposed variation was screened to ascertain if it will have potential impacts on the integrity or conservation objectives of any Natura 2000 sites. The AA screening has determined that the proposed Variation would not give rise to significant adverse impacts on the integrity of any Natura 2000 sites and that a Stage 2 AA is not required.

Submissions or observations must be received by 4.30 p.m. on 19th March 2019. Submissions or observations with respect to the Draft Variation made to Roscommon County Council within the stated period will be taken into consideration in deciding on the Variation.