The National Heritage Plan requires local authorities to prepare and implement Local Heritage Plans. The National Heritage Plan recognises that the need for the protection of our heritage must begin at the local level. Central to achieving this goal is the preparation and adoption of the County Donegal Heritage Plan. Donegal County Council recognises the importance of “placing heritage at the heart of public life”, as advocated in the National Heritage Plan.
The County Donegal Heritage Plan represents a strategic statement about what County Donegal wants to achieve in terms of heritage management and conservation over a five-year period and identifies a list of actions which will be taken to achieve the strategic aims and objectives. The County Donegal Heritage Plan is an opportunity to identify heritage issues and needs in the county and to address them locally, within a regional and national framework. The County Donegal Heritage Plan provides the basis for the identification, investigation, interpretation, promotion, preservation, conservation and enhancement of County Donegal's built, cultural and natural heritage, and sets out a strategy for the management of heritage resources and landscapes in a sustainable manner. The County Donegal Heritage Plan addresses priorities set out in the Cultural Connections: Strategic Plan for Cultural Services (Report - English), Donegal County Council and the Heritage Council Strategic Plan (2012-2016).