Birr Local Area Plan 2023-2029 Draft Plan

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Notice is hereby given that Offaly County Council, pursuant to Section 20(3) of the Planning & Development Act 2000, as amended, has made a draft Local Area Plan for Birr (including Crinkill).

The Local Area Plan is a statutory document that sets out the planning and development objectives for Birr and is prepared in accordance with the Planning and Development Act 2000 (as amended).

There is an opportunity for you to inspect it and make a written submission or observation. This presents an opportunity to you to shape Birr into the future and to have a say when it comes to important issues such as climate action, energy, biodiversity, heritage, housing, transportation, environmental protection, employment & enterprise, community, tourism, recreation, regeneration, infrastructure and retail. 

The draft Birr Local Area Plan 2023-2029 comprises:

  • A written statement and a landuse zoning map;
  • Strategic Environmental Assessment (SEA) Environmental Report (prepared by the planning authority of the likely significant effects on the environment of implementing the local area plan) in accordance with the SEA Directive (2001/42/EC) and pursuant to the Planning and Development (Strategic Environmental Assessment) Regulations 2004 as amended. 
  • Appropriate Assessment (AA) Stage 2 Natura Impact Report in accordance with the requirements of Article 6(3) of the EU Habitats Directive (92/43/EEC).
  • Strategic Flood Risk Assessment pursuant to section 28 of the Planning and Development Act 2000 (as amended) and the provisions of the Guidelines for Planning Authorities (2009) on The Planning System and Flood Risk Management 


A copy of the newspaper notice which included details for viewing the draft Birr LAP and making submissions or observations can be found here.

A copy of the Draft Birr LAP including accompanying strategies is available for inspection here.

Please click to see the Privacy Statement of the draft Birr LAP here


Please note the following in relation to making a submission or observation:

Written submissions or observations with respect to the draft LAP and/or the accompanying reports are invited from members of the public and other interest parties. Submissions or oberservations must state the name and address of the person or relevant body or agency making it, and should be clearly marked 'Draft Birr Local Area Plan 2023-2029'.

Please make your submission or observation by one medium only to avoid the duplication of submission reference numbers and to streamline the process i.e.: 

On-line at: or, 

Hard Copy at: Forward Planning Section, Offaly County Council, Áras an Chontae, Charleville Road, Tullamore, County Offaly. 

Submissions or observations shall be made between 15th Sept 2022 until 28th Oct 2022 (both dates inclusive). Please note submissions will be accepted up to 4pm on 28th October 2022. Late submissions will not be accepted. 

Please include your name and address on a separate page to the content of your submission. This is to assist Offaly County Council in complying with the provisions of the Data Protection Act. Your assistance on these issues is appreciated. Emailed submissions will not be accepted. Please note that observations or submissions will be made public on the website. 

Children or groups or associations representing the interests of children, are entitled to make submissions or observations. 

Submissions should include a map if it refers to a particular locations or features. Submissions should be clear and concise. If you need to make a lengthy submission, please attach an executive summary to it. Submissions should be preferably be in typed format in the interests of legibility. 

All submissions or observations received during the above time period will be taken into consideration before the making of the Birr LAP 2023-2029. 


Written submissions or observations received by the planning authority are published on this Birr LAP website within 10 working days and are viewable here

The Local Area Plan Process 

The Local Area Plan making process is set out hereunder

Local Area Plan Process Draft

Please keep an eye on the local newspapers and this website ( for notifications of a possible further opportunity to make written submissions/observations.