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The main function of the Planning Department is to provide for the proper planning and sustainable development of the county, the management of development, the promotion of industrial development and the protection of the natural and built heritage and amenity of the county.
The Department of Arts Heritage Regional Rural and the Gaeltacht Affairs (DAHRRGA) has announced the Structures at Risk Fund for 2017 with a total (countrywide) fund available of €824,000.
The purpose of the SRF is to assist with works to safeguard structures included in the Record of Protected Structures and structures which contribute to the character of Architectural Conservation Areas. Only structures or parts of structures in immediate danger of significant deterioration will qualify for consideration for funding by DAHRRGA.
The DAHRRGA will consider 2 applications from Offaly County Council, only 1 of which can be a publicly-owned builiding, plus an additional one application if it relates to an Irish Historic House in private ownership.
If you are interested in making an application for consideration by Offaly County Council, the closing date for applications is Tuesday 28th February 2017. Application forms and particulars for the above scheme are available to download – Structures at Risk Fund 2017 Guidelines and Application Form.doc (size 380.4 KB)
For further details, please contact Rachel McKenna, Senior Executive Architect, Offaly County Council. 057 9346800.
Built Heritage Investment Scheme 2017
Offaly County Council wishes to invite applications under the Built Heritage Investment Scheme (BHIS) for 2017, as operated by the Department of Arts, Heritage and the Gaeltacht. This scheme seeks to encourage the leveraging of private capital to invest in a number of small-scale, labour-intensive projects to repair and conserve Protected Structures and Proposed Protected Structures and in certain cases, for the conservation of structures within Architectural Conservation Areas, and to support the employment of skilled and experienced conservation professionals, craftworkers and tradespeople.
The scheme will be administered by Offaly County Council from a total fixed allocation of €50,000 for County Offaly. Grants of between €2,500 and €10,000 will be awarded, with applicants required to provide a minimum of 50% of total costs. Applicants should read the guidelines and be familiar with the qualifying criteria and conditions of the scheme and must include photographs of the proposed works in their application.
Application forms and particulars for the above scheme are available to download - Built Heritage Investment Scheme 2017 Guidelines and Application Form.docx (size 199.5 KB) or alternatively can be obtained from the Planning Department, Offaly County Council, Áras an Chontae, Charleville Road, Tullamore, Co. Offaly (057 9357414) or by email firstname.lastname@example.org
All applicants must complete Application Form A of Circular BHIS 17/1 and submit it, with supporting documentation in hard copy by 3pm onTuesday 28th February 2017.
Applications must be clearly marked Built Heritage Investment Scheme 2017 and addressed to the Planning Department, Offaly County Council, Áras an Chontae, Charleville Road, Tullamore, County Offaly.
Tullamore Street Enhancement Project
Offaly County Council and the Tullamore Municipal District are seeking your views on proposals for works for the enhancement of Columcille Street, O’Connor Square and High Street, to include a pedestrian bridge from Millennium Square. Consultation will be ongoing over the period 24th October 2016 to 11th November 2016 (inclusive) and includes a drop-in consultation evening in Our Arts Centre (formerly Kilroys, High Street) on Thursday the 27th October 2016 from 4.30pm until 8pm, where you are invited to attend at the time that suits you and where council staff and the design team will be available to discuss the project and answer any questions you may have.
Draft Edenderry LAP 2017-2023
Offaly County Council has commenced the process of reviewing the Local Area Plan for Edenderry in September 2016. A significant level of background work has taken place to date. We are opening a period for written submission until the 30th September 2016. A pre-draft consultation paper is now available for your information, outlining the process of making a local area plan, highlighting the main issues to be incorporated into the Draft Plan and providing information on public consultation. For more information and documents click on the link.
Offaly County Council are inviting members of the public to comment on a proposal to construct a new Fire Station at the site of the existing Council Depot at Gallen, Ferbane. Members of the public are invited to view the drawings for the proposed work and make a submission to the Council.
Offaly County Council in partnership with Waterways Ireland are inviting members of the public to comment on a proposal to upgrade the towpaths of the Grand Canal to accommodate a shared walking and cycling facility. The proposal is to upgrade the existing towpaths from Digby Bridge, Cappancur, to Turraun where it will connect with the existing cycle network of Lough Boora Discovery Park. Members of the public are invited to view the drawings for the proposed work and make a submission to the Council.