Forward Planning and Development Plans

In Ireland, development plans are the blueprint for the planning and development of a local area. Each development plan sets out the overall planning policies of a local authority for a 6-year period. It consists of a written statement and a series of maps.

All planning applications in your area are measured against the development plan, and planning permission will normally only be given where the application is in accordance with the plan.

The Forward Planning Unit of Louth County Council is responsible for implementing the Provisions of the Planning & Development Acts 2000-2010 (as amended)

The Louth County Development Plan 2015-2021 was adopted on 28th September 2015 and came into effect 4 weeks later on 26th October 2015.This is the overarching plan for the County.

The Dundalk & Environs Development Plan 2009-2015 and The Drogheda Borough Council Development Plan 2011-2017 are in place for each town respectively.

A number of local area plans and settlement plans are also in place.

The Development Plan will set out a vision and an overall strategy for the proper planning and sustainable development of the County for a six-year period. It will also set out guiding policies and objectives for the development of the County in terms of physical growth and renewal, economic, social and cultural activity, and environmental protection and enhancement. The County Plan must take account of various national and regional strategies and guidelines. The Plan reflects consultation with the general public and other interested bodies.

The making of the County Development Plan, Local Area Plans, any variation of a plan and any material contravention of the plan is a reserve fundtion of the elected members of the Council.

To view any Forward Planning Publications just click on the link below:

Contact Details

If you have any queries in relation to development plans, local area plans or any Forward Planning Publications please contact the Forward Planning Unit:

Forward Planning Unit

Louth County Council

Town Hall

Crowe Street


Co Louth

Phone Number :         042 9392932/ 0429392968


Opening Hours :          Monday – Friday 9.00am -5.00pm

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