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Variation to the County Donegal Development Plan 2018-2024 in respect of the TEN-T Priority Route Improvement Project, Donegal (Variation No. 1) (Adopted on the 31st May 2021)

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At the Council meeting of the 31st May 2021 the Elected members of Donegal County Council resolved to make the Variation to the County Donegal Development Plan 2018-2024 in respect of the TEN-T Priority Route Improvement Project, Donegal (TEN-T PRIPD)in accordance with Section 13 of the Planning and Development Act 2000(as amended).


The TEN-T PRIPD is a proposed major strategic roads project and consists of and prioritises three Sections of the TEN-T road network for improvement namely:

  • Section 1: N15/N13 Ballybofey/Stranorlar Urban Region.
  • Section 2: N56/N13 Letterkenny to Manorcunningham.
  • Section 3: N14 Manorcunningham to Lifford/Strabane/A5 Link.

The Council previously carried out a route selection process in accordance with Transport Infrastructure Ireland Guidelines (including extensive assessment of various route options and public consultation) which identified Preferred Route Corridors for the three sections of the project as above and these were subsequently selected by the Council.


The purpose of the Variation to the County Donegal Development Plan 2018-2024 is to provide the necessary strategic planning framework to facilitate the TEN-T PRIPD through the statutory approval process including: reserving and protecting the Preferred Route Corridors within the plan, providing strategic support for the project and aligning the plan and the project.


The process for adopting the Variation included: public consultation, consideration of the proposed variation and a Chief Executive’s report on the public consultation by the Elected Members, Strategic Environmental Assessment (SEA) (including the preparation of an Environmental Report), Appropriate Assessment (AA) (including the preparation of a Natura Impact Report and the making of an AA Determination) and Strategic Flood Risk Assessment.  In addition a SEA Statement and AA Conclusion Statement have also now been prepared. 

The County Donegal Development Plan 2018-2024(as varied) (i.e. the development plan incorporating the changes made by the Variation), the SEA Statement, the AA Conclusion Statement, the AA Determination and original AA Screening Determination are now available for inspection by:

  • Clicking on the links below.
  • By prior appointment only (due to Covid 19 restrictions) at County House, Lifford, Co. Donegal, F93 Y622. Please contact the Central Planning Unit at 074 9153900 to make an appointment.
  • And in addition to the above, when Covid restrictions allow, at:
    • The Council’s Public Services Centres in Carndonagh, Milford, Letterkenny, Lifford, Dungloe, and Donegal Town between 09:00hrs and 17:00hrs Monday to Thursday and 09:00hrs and 16:30hrs on Fridays.
    • Public libraries during normal opening hours.


County Donegal Development Plan 2018-2024 (As Varied)

Strategic Environmental Assessment (SEA) Statement

Appropriate Assessment (AA) Conclusion Statement

Appropriate Assessment Determination

Appropriate Assessment Screening Determination


In addition the variation document as duly made, the Chief Executive’s Report, the Environmental Report, Natura Impact Report, and Strategic Flood Risk Assessment Report associated with the variation are also available by clicking on the links below. 


The Variationto the County Donegal Development Plan 2018-2024 in respect of the TEN-T Priority Route Improvement Project, Donegal (TEN-T PRIPD)

Environmental Report

Natura Impact Report

Strategic Flood Risk Assessment Report

Chief Executive's Report

Written submissions or observations received during the public consultation process


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