The Government has agreed that Level 5 as set out in the Plan for Living with COVID-19 will apply nationally until May 17th 2021. The Government has clearly stated that there is an absolute need to minimise the level of mobility and congregation of people in order to reduce all opportunities for transmission of the virus.

Please note that our library buildings will re-open to the public for Browsing Services and Contact & Collect from Monday, May 10th. Please see Library Page.

Consequently, and in line with current public health guidance, the Offices of Offaly County Council are closed for walk-in services to support this reduced mobility policy.

Public access cannot be facilitated during LEVEL 5 restrictions. Therefore, Offaly County Council services will be available by telephone, email, online post and only where absolutely necessary and in exceptional circumstances by appointment. Please read latest information.

Birr Town & Environs Development Plan 2010-2016 (Extended until 2020)

The Birr Town and Environs Development Plan 2010 came into effect on the 15th February 2010 and includes policies and objectives for the development of Birr Town. Variation No 1 of the plan was adopted on the 4th March 2013. This variation, required under Section 7 of the Planning and Development (Amendment) Act 2010, introduced a core strategy to the plan. The purpose of the Core Strategy is to include a medium to longer-term strategy for the development of the town and has impacts on the zoning plan of the plan, including the introduction of phased lands.

The plan, including the land use zoning plan, should always be read in conjunction with the Core Strategy and the modifications to the zoning plan introduced by Variation No.1.

Written Statement

Chapter 1 - Introduction and Vision.pdf (size 144 KB)

Chapter 2 - Survey and Analysis.pdf (size 46.1 KB)

Chapter 3 - Development Strategy.pdf (size 93.1 KB)

Chapter 4 - Town Centre Retail and Renewal.pdf (size 120.1 KB)

Chapter 5 - Amenities and Open Space.pdf (size 54.5 KB)

Chapter 6 - Local Area Strategies.pdf (size 58 KB)

Chapter 7 - Crinkle Village.pdf (size 63.7 KB)

Chapter 8 - Transport, Movement and Accessibility.pdf (size 68.5 KB)

Chapter 9 - Employment, Economy, Enterprise and Tourism.pdf (size 82.3 KB)

Chapter 10 - Infrastructure and Environment.pdf (size 140.9 KB)

Chapter 11 - Community, Social, Cultural and Sports Development.pdf (size 71 KB)

Chapter 12 - Built Heritage.pdf (size 51.7 KB)

Chapter 13 - Natural Heritage and Landscape.pdf (size 55 KB)

Chapter 14 - Built Form and Urban Development Standards.pdf (size 101.2 KB)

Chapter 15 - Landuse Zoning and Zoning Matrix.pdf (size 136.4 KB)


Map 1.1 Birr Context Map.pdf (size 2 MB)

Map 1.2 Birr Town and Environs.pdf (size 2.5 MB)

Map 1.3 Strategic Location of Birr.pdf (size 5.4 MB)

Map 3.1 Local Area Strategy Location and Context Map.pdf (size 2.6 MB)

Map 4.1 Birr Town Centre Boundary and Opportunity Sites.pdf (size 3.5 MB)

Map 5.1 Green Space and Pedestrian Accessibility Linkages.pdf (size 2.7 MB)

Map 5.2 Areas of High Amenity.pdf (size 2.5 MB)

Map 6.1 North East Quadrant Local Area Land Parcels.pdf (size 13.8 MB)

Map 6.2 South East Quadrant Local Area Strategy Land Parcel.pdf (size 12.9 MB)

Map 7.1 Crinkle Village Land Parcel.pdf (size 14.3 MB)

Map 8.1 Birr Internal Route Distributor.pdf (size 1.1 MB)

Map 10.1 Groundwater Vulnerability.pdf (size 3.3 MB)

Map 10.2 Groundwater Protection Zone.pdf (size 2.5 MB)

Map 12.1 Zones of Archaeological Potential .pdf (size 2.5 MB)

Map 12.2 Buffer Zone of Urban Archaeological Potential.pdf (size 3.5 MB)

Map 13.1 Location of Natural Heritage Areas.pdf (size 1.9 MB)

Map 13.2 Eskers and Mushroom Stone.pdf (size 2.5 MB)

Map 13.3 Corine Landcover.pdf (size 2.9 MB)

Map 13.4 Topographical Map.pdf (size 2.8 MB)

Map 13.5 Landscape Classification.pdf (size 3.4 MB)

Land Use Zoning Map.pdf (size 1.6 MB)

Accompanying Documents

Record of Protected Structures.pdf (size 2.9 MB)

Housing Strategy.pdf (size 1.8 MB)

Retail Strategy.pdf (size 2 MB)

SEA Statement.pdf (size 6.6 MB)

HDA Screening Report.pdf (size 633.6 KB)

Environmental Report.pdf (size 13.2 MB)

Appendix II Non Technical Summary.pdf (size 2.5 MB)