To ask the Minister for Housing; Planning and Local Government the number of local area plans, strategic development zones and county development plans in operation by local authority in tabular form in 2005, 2010 and 2018; the reason for the variation in the number of plans; and if he will make a statement on the matter.
I have no further update to the number of local area plans, strategic development zones and county development plans in operation by local authorities since my reply to Question No. 230 of 24 May 2018.
The numbers of such plans and SDZ designations and planning schemes vary in line with wider policy and operational requirements including, the requirements of planning legislation, addressing the development needs of the wider economy and society and the workload involved in preparing, considering and implementing such planning policy frameworks.
My Department is currently giving consideration to the best manner in which to seek updates from planning authorities at more regular intervals.
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