What is a Local Area Plan

What is a Local Area Plan?

A local area plan or LAP is a land use plan which sets out more detailed planning policies in places where growth is anticipated. They provide for consultation with the public and statutory bodies as part of their preparation and to promote positive outcomes for local communities. The sort of themes covered in LAPs include housing and growth, transport, built and natural environment, open space and ensuring that growth is supported by the requisite social, physical and environmental infrastructure. Once adopted by the County Councillors, a local area plan becomes a statutory document which has been prepared by the Planning Authority in accordance with the requirements of Sections 18, 19 and 20 of the Planning and Development Act, 2000 (as amended).

A Local Area Plan must consist of a written statement and a plan or plans that are consistent with the objectives of the County Development Plan, its core strategy, and any regional planning guidelines that apply to the area of the Plan. The LAP will be guided by the Local Area Plans Guidelines for Planning Authorities, 2013.

Related Legislation and Policy Documents

Planning and Development Act - Sections 18, 19 and 20 Local Area Plans

Local Area Plans - Guidelines for Planning Authorities (June 2013)

South Dublin County Development Plan 2022-2028