Our Policy Advice & Submissions

The following is a list of recent examples where the Heritage Council has used its policy advice function to assist government in its policy formulation in a wide range of areas.


Ballina Flood Relief Scheme


Dublin Street_Monaghan_HC Submission to An Bord Pleanála

Heritage Council Policy Submission: The Relationship of Built Heritage and Local Area Plans (LAPs) in Ireland

A submission on built heritage planning policy to the department’s Planning Advisory Forum

Submission to the Minister on Local Area Plans

Ashbourne House, Glounthane Cork to ABP

Heuston South Quarter Phase 2 SHD Planning Application

Submission to ABP on a garden redevelopment in Cork adjacent to a protected structure


Section 28 Strategic Environmental Assessment (SEA)-Guidelines for Regional Assemblies and Local Authorities

Submission on the draft Section 28 Development Plans – Guidelines for Local Authorities- October 2021

Submission on the emerging Sligo County Development Plan 2023-2029

An SHD apartment scheme at Kilmainham, Dublin

Proposed windfarm at Kilranelagh, Co Wicklow

Proposed Celtic Interconnector Project – EirGrid and RTE (France)

Submission on the emerging Dun Laoghaire Rathdown County Development Plan 2022-2028

Submission on the emerging Dublin City Development Plan 2022-2028

Phoenix Park – Transport & Mobility Options Study

Submission on the Tipperary County Development Plan 2022-2028 key issues paper

Proposed St Kevin's SHD, Cork City


Heritage Council submission on proposed development in Greenore, Co Louth to Louth County Council

Heritage Council submission on proposed development in Athenry, Co Galway to Galway County Council

Heritage Council submission on proposed development near Vinegar Hill, Co Wexford to Wexford County Council

Heritage Council submission on Westmeath County Development Plan to Westmeath County Council

Heritage Council Submission ‘Places for People’: Ireland’s National Policy on Architecture from 2020’

Submission on the Tipperary County Development Plan 2021-2028

Conducting Reviews Of Planning Performance – Stakeholder Consultation


Submission to Louth County Council on the Louth County Development Plan by by The Heritage Council and Project Partners of the Dundalk Collaborative Town Centre Health Check Project- Dundalk BID, Dundalk Chamber, Dundalk Credit Union, Louth County Council and Dundalk IT


Submission to the National Planning Framework PDF 2MB

Submission to the National Planning Framework PDF 2MB
Appendix: Seascapes and Seascapes Assessment- A Review of International Policy PDF 1MB

Policy & Proposals 2012-2016

Copies available upon request email mail@heritagecouncil.ie

December 2016 Submission as member of Special Advisory Group on the National Planning Framework (NPF).
May/June 2016 Submission on the ‘Role and Operations of the Heritage Council and implementation of Programme for a Partnership Government’
May 2016 Submission on Statutory Instruments (S.I.) for Draft EU (Framework for Maritime Spatial Planning) Regulations 2016 ( see S.I. No. 352 of 2016);
January 2016 Submission on Skellig Michael World Heritage Site, Co. Kerry
November 2015 Policy Proposals for Ireland's Towns
November 2015 Submission to DoECLG on review of An Bord Pleanála
October 2015 Submission to the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) on Revised Guidelines on the information to be contained in Environmental Impact Statements and Advice Notes for preparing Environmental Impact Statements
October 2015 Submission to the DoECLG re. review of Prescribed Bodies
October 2015 Submission on Cultural Policy for Ireland
September 2015 Submission to An Bord Pleanála in relation to proposed development in Fethard, Co. Tipperary
July 2015 Submission to Fingal County Council re. review of County Development Plan (CDP)
July 2015 Submission on Oscailte – Ireland's Cultural Heritage Data Programme
June 2015 Proposal for National Land Cover and Habitat Mapping Programme
April 2015 Submission on Bru na Boinne World Heritage Site Management Plan
March 2015 Submission on Government’s Strategy Science Technology & Innovation (SSTI), Dept of Enterprise, Jobs and Innovation
January 2015 Submission to the DoECLG re. Planning Bill No. 1
December 2014 Submission to Wicklow County Council re. review of County Development Plan
November 2014 to date Ongoing with EirGrid re. consultation, review and advice on landscape planning and public participation in planning
October 2014 Submission to South Dublin County Council re. review of County Development Plan
September 2014 - 2015 Submission to Dun Laoighaire-Rathdown County Council re. review of County Development Plan
February & July 2014 Submission to NESC re. Wind Energy in Ireland: Building Community Engagement and Public Support
June 2014 Comments on the Strategic Environment Assessment of the Rural Development Plan 2014-2020
March 204 Submission to the DoECLG re. review of Section 28 Guidelines on Development Management
February 2014 ROI Renewable Energy Export Policy and Development Framework, Dept of Communications, Energy and Natural Resources
February 2014 Archaeological Practice on Bord Na Mona Peatlands
February 2014 Traditional Building Skills Working group
December 2013 A National Outcome-based Agri-Environment Programme
December 2013 Fiscal Reform for Built Heritage Conservation
December 2013 Food Harvest 2020
December 2013 Submission Tourism Policy Consultation – Dept of Transport, Tourism & Sport
December 2013 Submission to the St. Francis Abbey brewery regeneration framework
March 2013 Submission to Dept. of Public Expenditure and Reform on drafting of Operation
November 2013 Plan for European Regional Development Fund
November 2013 Submission on St. Mary’s Church and Graveyard to Kilkenny County Council
October 2013 Submission on High Nature Value Farming & Rural Development Plan
October 2013 Submission on UNECE Aarhus Convention
October 2013 World Heritage Site Policy in Ireland
July – Dec 2013 Windfarms, Renewable Energy and National Heritage including submission to the NI Assembly – Environment Committee Inquiry into Wind Energy
July 2013 National Landscape Strategy
June 2013 Landcover and habitat mapping programme
June 2013 Submission on National Monument at Moore Street, Dublin 1
February 2013 Historic Landscape Characterisation
December 2012 – February 2013 Common Agricultural Policy/ Rural Development Plan/ High Nature Value Farming
October 2012 Coillte/ Heritage Council Research on Heritage Values
March 2012 Submission on Integrated Marine Plan, Dept of the Taoiseach
February 2012 Economic Evaluation of the Historic Environment Report
September 2012 Community-Led Village Design Toolkit
February 2012 ‘A Framework for Sustainable Development for Ireland’