DONEGAL COUNTY DEVELOPMENT PLAN
On behalf of the Elected Members of Donegal County Council, I am delighted to introduce the County Donegal Development Plan 2012-2018. The purpose of this plan is to help achieve the sustainable development of Donegal, where the quality of life in the County is exceptional, with the pristine scenery of mountain, lakes and seashore, together with a wide range of quality services to attract both investors and tourists to the area.
Donegal is part of a large sub region with Derry City, involving the entire north west portion of the island of Ireland. It creates a critical mass that supports a variety of health, educational, retail, social and community facilities that, together with the opportunities presented by Project Kelvin and the availability of a highly skilled workforce, all contribute to making the County an attractive place in which to invest, work and live.
This plan seeks to position Donegal so that it benefits from the new ways by which we will earn our living in a competitive world. We must house a rising population, which is living longer and wants to make new choices. We must respond to the changes that new technologies offer us and ensure that it benefits our social, community, cultural and environmental wellbeing. This plan recognises that our historic environment – buildings, landscapes, towns and villages – can better be cherished if their spirit of place thrives, rather than withers and it seeks to direct significant development quantum to
locations that has the capacity to sustain it.
This plan is about helping to make positive growth happen in a sustainable way that encourages economic, environmental and social progress for this and future generations. Development that is sustainable should go ahead, without delay – a presumption in favour of sustainable development is the basis of this plan. This framework sets out clearly what could make a proposed development unsustainable and it represents a creative exercise in finding ways to enhance and improve the places in which we live our lives.
Cllr Noel McBride
Meara Chontae Dhún na nGall
Natural Resource Development
E-P-8 It is a policy of Donegal County Council that the process of Hydraulic Fracturing (or fracking) will not be permitted within the County of Donegal. Therefore, this Council will not allow the intrusive shale gas extraction practices.