Thursday, 3 June 2021
Department of Housing, Planning, and Local Government
273. To ask the Minister for Housing, Planning, and Local Government if all associated services, for example, water, energy and sewerage are aligned with current plans for the development of Letterkenny under the 2040 plan and in view of its city region status; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [30388/21]
It is primarily the role of the local authority, Donegal County Council to bring forward plans for Letterkenny in accordance with the National Planning Framework for Ireland to 2040. As you are aware, Letterkenny is identified as a Regional Growth and Cross-Border Driver in that strategy and forms part of the wider cross-border Derry City functional area/city-region.
I understand in this regard that a proposed regeneration strategy for Letterkenny entitled “Letterkenny 2040” has been commissioned by Donegal County Council and that a multi-disciplinary team has been appointed to help Donegal County Council bring forward this project.
I am encouraged to see local authorities planning and leading on innovative projects that align with and support the objectives of Project Ireland 2040. At this initial stage, planning for capacity to deliver services to support this local initiative and the associated capital strategy is a matter for Donegal County Council in the first instance, but my Department will provide all necessary support as apporiate, having regard to overall national and regional, as well as local objectives.