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Cross-border planning initiatives boosted in NI by Republic’s NPF

Words: Roger Milne
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The Irish Government’s latest national land-use and development blueprints have endorsed policies that will support cross-border initiatives with Northern Ireland, including spatial planning.

The plans also include initiatives for economic development and promotion, and the coordination of social and physical infrastructure (road and rail links as well as the development of a network of greenways).

This will mean building on cooperation between Derry City, Letterkenny and Strabane through the existing North West Strategic Partnership and the promotion of regional cooperation on planning, environmental protection and management and infrastructural investment.

Along the Dublin-Belfast economic corridor the focus will be on improving and protecting the road network from “unnecessary sprawl” and will also mean examining the feasibility of a high-speed rail connection between Belfast, Dublin and Cork.

The Irish state’s National Planning Framework (NPF) stressed: “Reconfiguration of local authority and council structures on both sides of the border presents opportunities for collaboration, for areas on the Dublin-Belfast corridor and in central border areas. Building up the economic, infrastructural and developmental ties will be supported through local leadership and cooperation arrangements such as the coordination of statutory planning functions and corresponding infrastructural investment.”

Project Ireland 2040 can be found on the Irish Government website.

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