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Proposed Variation to the County Donegal Development Plan 2018-2024 in respect of the TEN-T Priority Route Improvement Project, Donegal (Variation No. 1)

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Donegal County Council, as planning authority, ("the Council") has prepared a Proposed 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).


Background to the Proposed Variation

  • 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 is progressing the TEN-T PRIPD in accordance with Transport Infrastructure Ireland Guidelines. Phase 1 (Scheme Feasibility) and Phase 2 (Option Selection) have been completed, inclusive of the identification of a preferred route corridor for each section.
  • The Proposed Variation provides the necessary spatial and policy planning framework to facilitate the project through the statutory approval process.


What is the Proposed Variation?

The variation specifically:

  1. Identifies and protects the new preferred route corridors by inserting new maps and amending policies and objectives and also removes the corresponding historic route corridors.
  2. Provides Strategic Support for the TEN-T PRIPD by inserting new, and amending existing, text, policies and objectives.
  3. Makes the plan compatible with the project byamending existing, and inserting new, policies, objectives and zoning objectives.


Proposed Variation   

Proposed Variation

Introduction /Explanatory document to the Proposed Variation

 Introduction/Explanatory image


Interactive Map of the TEN-T PRIPD Preferred Route Corridors  

   Interactive Map

Mapping Booklet showing the TEN-T PRIPD Preferred Corridors 

Mapping Booklet


Reports Associated with the Proposed Variation

The Council has also prepared the following associated reports:

  • An Environmental Report: Prepared as part of Strategic Environmental Assessment this Report identifies, describes and evaluates the likely significant effects on the Environment of implementing the Proposed Variation. 

    Environmental Report


  • A Natura Impact Report: Prepared as part of Appropriate Assessment this report identifies and classifies the implications of the Proposed Variation on relevant European Sites (e.g. Natura 2000 Sites such as Special Areas of Conservation and Special Protection Areas). 

    NIR Image‌‌

  • A Strategic Flood Risk Assessment Report of the Proposed Variation. 

    SFRAR ‌‌


Public Consultation on the Proposed Variation


The Public Consultation on the Proposed Variation is now closed.


Public Consultation on the Proposed Variation took place between the 5th of March 2021 and the 9th of April 2021 inclusive.  The Public Consultation period was advertised via: statutory newspaper notices, press releases, the Council’s website, and social media platforms.  During this time, the public were able to: inspect soft copies of the Proposed Variation and associated document on the Council’s website inspect hard copies at the County House Lifford by appointment, request hard copies of said documents and the associated maps by post, and make submissions/observations via email or post.


The submissions received during the public consultation period can be viewed by clicking on the link below:


Click here to see written submissions or observations received during the public consultation process to date


Chief Executive’s Report on the Public Consultation Regarding the Proposed Variation

A Chief Executive's Report on the submissions and observations received during the public consultation on the Proposed Variation has now been prepared and has been submitted to the Elected Members for their consideration in accordance with S.13(4) of the Planning and Development Act 2000(as amended). 


This Chief Executive’s report; lists the persons or bodies who made submissions/ observations during the public consultation process, summarizes the issues raised and gives the response of the Chief Executive to the issues raised.  


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What are the Next Steps?

The Elected Members will consider the Chief Executive Report, the Proposed Variation, the Environmental Report, Natura Impact Report and the Strategic Flood Risk Assessment prior to making a decision on the Proposed Variation.


The Elected Members may decide to either, make the variation, modify the variation or refuse to make the variation.


If the Elected Members decide to make any modifications to the variation which are material alterations there will be an additional public consultation period, a further Chief Executive’s Report will be prepared and the Members will then decide whether to make the variation with or without the modification. 


An Indicative Timeline for the adoption of the Proposed Variation is shown below.  

Timeline image


Liam Ward,

Director of Community Development and Planning Services,

County House,


County Donegal.


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