County Council Branding

Policy Context

The project will progress objectives and policies contained in the Meath County Development Plan 2007-2013 which seek to designate a Landscape Conservation Area for the Tara-Skryne Area.  The overall policy context of this project is set out in the following:

• European Landscape Convention, 2000 (Ireland signed and ratified the convention in March 2002 and it came into effect in March 2004)

In 2002 Ireland ratified the European Landscape Convention (ELC),which came into force in Ireland on March 1st 2004, the ELC aims to promote the protection, management and planning of all landscapes in Europe, and recognises the cultural role and significance of ‘landscape’. 

The convention states that landscape:

·        has an important public interest role in the cultural, ecological, environmental and social fields, and constitutes a resource favourable to economic activity and whose protection, management and planning can contribute to job creation ;

·        contributes to the formation of local cultures and that it is a basic component of the European natural and cultural heritage, contributing to human well-being and consolidation of the European identity;

·        is an important part of the quality of life for people everywhere: in urban areas and in the countryside, in degraded areas as well as in areas of high quality, in areas recognised as being of outstanding beauty as well as everyday area and

·        is a key element of individual and social well-being and that its protection, management and planning entail rights and responsibilities for everyone

The European Landscape Convention definition of landscape

“Landscape means an area, as perceived by people, whose character is the result of the action and interaction of natural and/or human factors”

• Planning and Development Act, 2000

The Planning and Development Act 2000 consolidated all previous Planning Acts and much of the EIA regulations.  Sections 9, 10, 202 and 204 are the main sections of the Act which are relevant to ‘landscape’.

• Meath County Development Plan 2007-2013

 The Meath County Development Plan 2007-2013 was adopted by the elected members of Meath County Council on March 2nd 2007.  The overall vision of the County plan is:

To plan for and support the sustainable development of County Meath as a excellent place to invest in, to visit and to live in, renowned for the quality of its natural and built environment, culture and the strength and viability of its communities.

• County Meath Heritage Plan 2007-2011

 In February 2006 Meath County Council established the County Meath Heritage Forum, a non-statutory advisory group to assist in the formulation and implementation of a County Heritage Plan.  The Heritage Forum represents a partnership between all relevant stakeholders and includes representatives from local government, government departments and state agencies, local heritage and community groups, NGOs local businesses, local development, the farming sector, educational institutions and the heritage professions.  In 2007 the first County Meath Heritage Plan 2007-2011 was adopted by Meath County Council after extensive public consultation.  It is an objective of the plan ‘promote an appreciation of landscape and heritage as a resource for the cultural and economic development of communities in Meath’ and an action of the plan to ‘pursuant to section 204 of the Planning and Development Act, 2000 seek to pilot the development and adoption of a Landscape Conservation Area’

 Landscape and Landscape Assessment. Guidelines for Planning Authorities (Draft) 2000

• Programme for Government 2007-2012
 Department of Environment, Heritage and Local Government–Statement of Strategy 2008-2010 
• Le Chéile: An integrated strategy for Meath to 2012
• Irelands Heritage Capital – Marketing Tourism in Meath 2005-2010
The Heritage Act, 1995 

 The  Heritage Act, 1995 established the Heritage Council as a statutory independent body and identified national heritage as including monuments, landscapes, archaeological objects, flora, fauna, wildlife habitats, geology, heritage parks and gardens, inland waterways, wrecks, heritage objects, seascapes and architectural heritage.  Under the act landscape is defined as including ‘areas, sites, vista and features of significant scenic, archaeological, geological, historical, ecological or other scientific interest’.  The Heritage Council in undertaking its responsibilities is actively engaged in delivering policy and initiatives for the identification, protection, preservation and enhancement of landscape as part of our national heritage.

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