The aim of the planning section is to promote proper planning and sustainable economic, social and cultural development of our county by encouraging high quality development, while protecting its unique built and natural environment.
The principal tool for achieving this aim is the Westmeath County Development Plan. The plan defines acceptable forms of development and where it should be directed. It also sets out the Councils planning policies and objectives. The public play an important role in development management and control by making submissions/observations and taking part in periodic plan/strategy reviews and plan making.
All plans and programmes and variations to plans are subject to Strategic Environmental Assessment and Appropriate Assessment processes.
Will commence the review of the existing Development Plan and the preparation of the new County Development Plan 2014-2020 on 22nd February 2012.
There are many fine buildings in Westmeath ranging from the grand castles and country houses to everyday buildings within our towns & villages.
Strategic Documents & Department of Environment Guidelines
For information on how to apply, how the planning process works, planning weekly lists and online planning search visit this section.
The planning code is made up of Acts and Regulations. The framework is set out in the Planning and Development (Amendment) Act 2010.
Unless exempted in legislation, any development requires planning permission. The Enforcement Section deals with unauthorised development.
View the Westmeath County Development plan, the Athlone Town Plan and the Local Area plans in a new interactive, easily navigated website.
Items on Public Display
Section 261(A) Planning & Development Acts 2000 –2011 – Further Matters in relation to Control of Quarries.