Ireland consults on spatial strategy

Environment ministry calls for feedback on future basis of infrastructure policy

The Irish environment ministry opened a three-week consultation on the government's spatial planning programme on Monday. The programme is part of a national development plan for 2000-2006 launched last year (ENDS Daily 16 November 1999). When finalised, the spatial strategy should provide the basis for future infrastructure policy-making, and improve regional development, particularly in rural areas, while maintaining economic growth.

The strategy is intended to identify current spatial development patterns and help create future policies for urban and rural areas, in line with the sustainability aims of the European spatial development perspective, implementation of which began last autumn (ENDS Daily 8 October 1999). Issues covered include waste management, transport, housing, nature conservation, urban and rural development, education and training, energy production, and communication networks.

Follow Up:
Irish environment ministry, tel: +353 1 888 2000, and consultation paper "What are the issues?".

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