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Variation to the

County Donegal Development Plan 2018-2024 (As Varied) in respect of a Wind Energy Policy Framework


Notice of Intention to Issue a Direction to the Council, by the Minister for Local Government and Planning, on the Wind Energy Policy Framework Variation.


The Variation was ‘made’ (i.e. adopted and therefore incorporated into the County Development Plan) at the Plenary Council meeting of 18th July 2022. The adopted Variation was exactly as per the Proposed Variation published for public consultation during April/May 2022.


Pursuant to the decision to adopt the variation (which included not accepting recommendations made by the Office of the Planning Regulator (OPR)), the Planning Authority notified the OPR as is required under Sections 13(5)(aa) and 31AM(6)(a) of the Planning and Development Act, 2000 (As Amended).


On Monday 29th August, 2022, the Minister for Local Government and Planning issued a ‘Notice of Intention to Issue a Direction’ to the Council under Section 31 of the Planning and Development Act, 2000 (link to the Notice is below).  The contents of the Notice are summarised as follows:

  1. The Notice is consequent to a recommendation made to the Minister by the Office of the  Planning Regulator (OPR).
  2. Its purpose is to give notice of the Minister’s intention to issue a direction to Donegal County Council to take certain measures specified in the Notice.
  3. The measures specified in the Notice are as follows: 
    • Omit Policy E-P-23 and Policy E-P-24.  
    • Amend map 8.2.1 to change the designation of “Lifford -Stranorlar Municipal District Areas at Risk of Landslides and Associated Environmental and Ecological Concerns” and “Moderately Low” and “Moderately High” landslide susceptibility areas identified as ‘Not Normally Permissible’ to ‘Open-to-Consideration’.


Cessation of Effect Of Elements of Variation Specified In Notice

In accordance with Section 31(4) of the Planning and Development Act 2000, those parts of the Variation referred to in the Notice (as summarised in points 3 above) are now to be taken as not having come into effect, made or amended.  


Public Consultation

A period of public consultation on the Minister's Notice of Intention To Issue A Direction shall take place between the 9th Septmber and the 22nd September 2022 inclusive, during whch time a copy of the Draft Direction may be inspected at the following locations:

(i.)    on the Council's website at;

(ii.)   at the following Council offices during normal office hours (9am-12.30pm, and 1pm- 4.30pm Monday to Friday; 

  • The Planning Office, Donegal County Council, County House, Lifford.
  • Letterkenny Public Services Centre, Neil T. Blaney Road, Letterkenny.
  • Milford Public Services Centre, Main Street, Milford.
  • An Clochán Liath (Dungloe) Public Services Centre, Gweedore Road, An Clochán Liath.
  • Carndonagh Public Services Centre, Drumlonagher, Donegal Town and 

(iii.) at the library facilities in the County during their respective opening hours. 


Written submissions or observations in respect of the Draft Direction may be made to the Planning Authority in the following ways:

  • By e-mail to: [email protected] (please insert following in 'Subject [email protected] bar: Wind Energy Variation)
  • By post addressed to: Wind Energy CDP Variation, Central Planning Unit, Donegal County Council, County House, Lifford, Co. Donegal, F93 Y622

The deadline for submissions is on or before 4.30pm on Thursday 22nd September, 2022.


Minister's Documents

Minister's Notice of Intention to Issue Direction

Direction referred to in Minister's Notice


Chief Executive's Report

Not later than four weeks after the expiry of the consultation period, the Chief Executive must prepare and submit a report on submissions/observations and must furnish these to Members, the OPR and the Minister for Local Government and Planning.


Adopted Variation - Background Documents

Variation as made at the Plenary Council Meeting of 18th July 2022

Introduction to the Variation

Environmental Report

Natura Impact Report

Interactive Wind Energy Energy Map 8.2.1 as made at the Plenary Council Meeting of 18th July 2022


Writen Submissions received during the public consultation process may be viewed at the link below:

Written Submission/Obsevations


The Chief Executive's Report on the public consultation as prepared in accordance with Section 13(4) is available at the link below:

Chief Executive Report

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