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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


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.

In June 2017 the City Council undertook a pre-plan consultation exercise including stakeholder and technical workshops on how the areas should be redeveloped. Please click below on the links to the issues papers that informed the exercise and the links to the consultation reports.

Cork City Docks LAP Pre Plan Consultation Report

Tivoli Docks LAP Pre Plan Consultation Report

Photo Report Docklands Workshop

Cork City Docks Issues Paper

Tivoli Docks Issues Paper

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) 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) 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 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 Chief Executive Officer, 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.