Regional Planning Guidelines

The Regional Planning Guidelines for the South West region have been developed on the strength of guidance provided through the National Spatial Strategy (NSS) and a wide range of existing plans that exist at individual agency level within the region. The task of the Guidelines is to provide a broad canvas to steer the growth and prosperity of the region and its people, over the next sixteen years. The RPGs set out a series of recommendations to local authorities, which are clearly linked to and support national investment priorities and are designed to strengthen integrated approaches to policy making and planning at local level, in line with regional and national planning frameworks. 

The current guidelines are the South-West Regional Planning Guidelines 2004. The new South West Regional Planning Guidelines Review 2010-2022, which is expected to be adopted by the Regional Authority on 27 July 2010, will update the 2004 guidelines. 

To download the documents and to see further details about the South-West Regional Planning Guidelines and the Regional Planning Authority can be found at 

The Regional Planning Guidelines (RPGs) formulate public policy for the region, covering Cork and Kerry, integrating land-use, transport, economic growth and investment, to enable the region to continue to grow as a sustainable high quality location for investment and one in which to live, work and visit. 

For the purposes of the RPG, the region is divided into four main planning areas:

  • Greater Cork Area (comprising the Cork Metropolitan Area or Gateway and the Ring Towns and Rural Area in the CASP area);
  • Tralee/Killarney Linked Hub area surrounding the functional planning area of the County Kerry hub towns;
  • Northern Area- a combination of the northern parts of County Kerry and County Cork, which exhibit similar characteristics, and
  • Western Area – a combination of the peninsulas of County’s Kerry and Cork. The vision is also implemented through the relevant broad chapters dealing with the economy, settlements, transport and infrastructure and the environment.