Chapter 9: Economic Development

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Chapter/Section

Chapter 9, Section 9.2.3.1

Amendment Ref.

9.1

Amend Text

Kerry County Council will continue to engage with the National Economic Development and Employment Creation Agencies; the IDA, Enterprise Ireland; the Education Sector within the County and Region, the wider business community in the Public and Private Sector as well as the community development agencies to promote the economic development of the County. The Council will continue to work with these agencies in the implementation of National, Regional and Local plans.   The Council will continue to work with local communities to advance the Socio-Economic development proposals.

Chapter/Section

Chapter 9, Section 9.2.3.1.1

Amendment Ref.

9.2

Amend Text

Section 9.2.3.1.1 refers to a review of the LECP 2016-2021. It is recommended that this text be corrected to refer to a review of the next LECP.

Chapter/Section

Chapter 9

Objective List Heading

Sustainable Economic Development and Climate Action 

Amendment Ref.

9.3

Amend Objective

KCDP 9-3: Facilitate and support Training, upskilling and employment opportunities for rural communities in areas such as renewable energy, sustainable tourism, energy retrofitting, the Bioeconomy and the Circular Economy.

Chapter/Section

Chapter 9, Section 9.4.1

Amendment Ref.

9.4

Amend Text

There is significant potential for innovative projects, collaboration between stakeholders and sectors, infrastructure projects (including multi-modal transport infrastructure, more frequent public transport services and digital connectivity) to/ from and within the network to unlock the strengths and opportunities.

Chapter/Section

Chapter 9, Section 9.4.2 

Amendment Ref.

9.5

Amend Objective

The Council supports the economic role and potential of the established towns of Listowel, Abbeyfeale, Newcastle West and Kilrush as economic drivers in a potential North Kerry/West Limerick/Clare network connected with the Shannon Estuary. This includes the Shannon Integrated Framework Plan (SIFP) area and strategic locations identified under the SIFP as a Shannon Estuary Coastal Network which includes the Tarbert/Ballylongford Landbank. Opportunities exist to further develop connections, collaborations and innovative projects between these areas which are supported by the Plan.

Chapter/Section

Chapter 9

Objective List Heading

Strategic Economic Objectives 

Amendment Ref.

9.6

Amend Objective

KCDP 9-4: Facilitate and support County Kerry’s economic recovery through the sustainable implementation of County Kerry’s COVID-19 Economic Recovery Plan and the emerging Kerry Local Economic and Community Plan, focusing on a transition to a low carbon and digital economy [assisted by the encouragement of Smart Villages] and through sustainably expanding the county’s economic sectors, increasing innovation and research, supporting entrepreneurship, the creation of new and expansion of existing businesses, product exports, and access to new markets and the development of intellectual property in conjunction with the higher education sector and research centres.

Chapter/Section

Chapter 9

Objective List Heading

Strategic Economic Objectives 

Amendment Ref.

9.7

Amend Objective

KCDP 9-5: Promote Kerry as a Regional, National and International location for investment, building on its high quality of life and outstanding natural environment, and the county’s proven entrepreneurial success.

Chapter/Section

Chapter 9

Objective List Heading

Strategic Economic Objectives 

Amendment Ref.

9.8

Amend Objective

KCDP 9-6: Engage and collaborate with Regional Partners [including the Regional Skills Forum South-West], Local Authorities, Third Level Education Sector, the Kerry College of Further Education and the Kerry Education and Training Board and the broader business community as appropriate, to promote the continued development of the Kerry economy on a regional basis in the context of the Southern Regional Enterprise Plan, the Atlantic Economic Corridor (AEC) and other regional initiatives.

Chapter/Section

Chapter 9

Objective List Heading

Strategic Economic Objectives 

Amendment Ref.

9.9

Amend Objective

KCDP 9-8 : Support the further development of the Kerry Hub & Knowledge Triangle and the North Kerry/ Shannon Estuary Networks, and their potential to create substantial economic benefit to the County as well as collaborations within these networks to create economic benefits.

Chapter/Section

Chapter 9

Objective List Heading

Strategic Economic Objectives 

Amendment Ref.

9.10

Amend Objective

KCDP 9-9: Maximise Optimise the amount of employment growth and enterprise creation across all economic sectors and ensure that growth is distributed in a sustainable manner across the County in accordance with the Settlement Strategy.

Chapter/Section

Chapter 9, Section 9.6

Amendment Ref.

9.11

Amend Text

Proposals for economic development, including those related to Strategic Economic Drivers in the Development Plan will be progressed complementary to safeguarding the strategic function, safety and investment in the strategic national road network to date and in compliance with the provisions of the Section 28 Ministerial Guidelines ‘Spatial Planning and National Roads Guidelines for Planning Authorities’ (DoECLG, 2012).

Chapter/Section

Chapter 9, Section 9.6.1

Amendment Ref.

9.12

Amend Text

Include the Criteria (see below) for designating employment zonings in section 9.6.1;

  • Scale of population and its existing performance.
  • Scale of employment provision, number of jobs, jobs-to-resident worker’s ratio, and net commuting flows; Balance between population growth and employment provision.
  • Compliance with the NPF (NPO 72) on a standardised, tiered approach that differentiates between zoned land that is serviced and that which is serviceable within the life of the plan.
  • Linking Core Strategies to an evidence base on the availability and deliverability of lands within the existing built-up footprints. Availability of lands adjacent to existing enterprise/ employment areas
  • Ease of access on the national road/rail network
  • Extent to which sustainable modes of travel can be encouraged (rail freight, port) or public transport).
  • Accessibility and influence in a regional/sub-regional/county context.
  • Environmental and infrastructural constraints.
  • The appropriate density and scale of development relative to the settlement and location.
  • Availability of SMART technology /broadband etc.

Chapter/Section

Chapter 9, Section 9.6.1.1

Amendment Ref.

9.13

Amend Text

The Shannon Integrated Framework Plan (SIFP) is a land and marine based framework plan to guide future development of the Shannon Estuary. It has identified 9 no. strategic development locations in counties Clare, Limerick and Kerry and aims to build on existing industry connectivity and synergy as well as the existing infrastructure to create a more sustainable and attractive network for further investment. The RSES recognises the national and international importance of the Shannon Estuary, its potential to attract multinational development and the significant work that has been undertaken to progress its promotion and development. This area is viewed as a driver for economic growth within the County and Region. There is potential for innovative projects, collaboration between stakeholders and sectors, infrastructure projects to/ from and within the network to unlock the strengths and opportunities for the area.

Chapter/Section

Chapter 9

Objective List Heading

Land Use Planning for Economic Development 

Amendment Ref.

9.14

New Objective

Ensure that Proposals for economic development, including those related to Strategic Economic Drivers in the Development Plan will be progressed complementary to safeguarding the strategic function, safety and investment in the strategic national road network to date and in compliance with the provisions of the Section 28 Ministerial Guidelines ‘Spatial Planning and National Roads Guidelines for Planning Authorities’ (DoECLG, 2012)’.

Chapter/Section

Chapter 9, Section 9.7.1

Amendment Ref.

9.15

Amend Text

Additional text will be included to make reference to the Guinness Enterprise Centre and Kerry SciTech

Chapter/Section

Chapter 9

Objective List Heading

Knowledge Economy   

Amendment Ref.

9.16

Amend Objective

KCDP 9-32: Recognise the strong link between an active local community, a well-educated workforce and economic prosperity, support continued educational investment in the County and promote collaboration with third level institutions and other educational facilities.

Chapter/Section

Chapter 9

Objective List Heading

Knowledge Economy   

Amendment Ref.

9.17

Amend Objective

KCDP 9-33: Facilitate and promote synergies between education, technology and industry with an emphasis on participation on education labour market activation measures in order to improve economic development, Life wide / life-long learning in Kerry.

Chapter/Section

Chapter 9

Objective List Heading

Knowledge Economy   

Amendment Ref.

9.18

Amend Objective

KCDP 9-34: Support existing companies, such as those in the manufacturing, fin-tech, and agri-food sectors, and promote new and emerging business opportunities across all economic sectors within the County supported by the Southern Regional Assembly’s Regional Approach to Smart Specialisation and forthcoming Smart Southern Region Definition and Framework. Engage with the Southern Regional Assembly in implementing the forthcoming Southern Region Framework for GBI and NBS for the under the Interreg Europe “Blue Green Cities” project and support the development of a County level GBI and NBS framework and/or similar initiatives to assist Development Plan implementation for achieving greater levels of GBI and NBS actions.

Chapter/Section

Chapter 9

Objective List Heading

Knowledge Economy   

Amendment Ref.

9.19

New Objective

Support the role of the Munster Technological University as a driver of the regional economy and key stakeholder for a Learning Region through support for funding to the higher and further education training sectors and delivery of recommendations under a forthcoming Learning Region Strategy for the Southern Region.

Chapter/Section

Chapter 9, Section 9.7.3   

Amendment Ref.

9.20

Amend Text

The rural economy of Kerry consists of the district towns, villages and open countryside.  Within these rural areas, traditional employment attached to resource-based activities such as agriculture, forestry, marine activity, aquaculture, mineral extraction, energy and hugely significantly tourism, and recreation and Knowledge Economy is very important.

Chapter/Section

Chapter 9

Objective List Heading

Capital and Social Investment in the Rural Economy

Amendment Ref.

9.21

Amend Objective

KCDP 9-44: Support community groups to avail of funding schemes for the sustainable development of the community and economic infrastructure.

Chapter/Section

Chapter 9

Objective List Heading

Rural Economy

Amendment Ref.

9.22

Amend Objective

KCDP 9-41: Support sustainable rural development and facilitate Farm diversification and new employment / enterprise opportunities within the agriculture sector, subsidiary to agricultural uses, and where there is no significant loss of productive agricultural land and the residential and visual amenity of the area is protected, including initiatives addressing climate change and sustainability.

Chapter/Section

Chapter 9

Objective List Heading

Remote/Blended Working and Enterprise hubs 

Amendment Ref.

9.23

New Objective

Support and facilitate local hubs to create and support Networks of Interest in relation to the use of new technologies e.g farmers, creative artists, remote workers who may wish to undertake sectoral engagement, and other relevant sectors.

Chapter/Section

Chapter 9, Section 9.7.6.2.1

Amendment Ref.

9.24

Amend Text

The council will look favourably on the siting and design of these facilities within existing quarry sites subject to detailed environmental assessment. The council will have regard to the Quarries and Ancillary Activities-Guidelines for Planning Authorities (2004) and the ‘Geological Heritage Guidelines for the Extractive Industry’.

Chapter/Section

Chapter 9

Objective List Heading

Extractives Industry  

Amendment Ref.

9.25

Amend Objective

KCDP 9-66: Ensure all extractive development proposals comply with the objectives of this plan including development management standards, flood risk management requirements and the protection of landscape, biodiversity, infrastructure, water and air quality, built, and cultural and geological heritage [Geological Heritage Guidelines for the Extractive Industry].

Chapter/Section

Chapter 9, Section 9.7.6.2.1

Amendment Ref.

9.26

New Map

Insert new map indicating minerals & aggregates across the County.

Quarries Material Alterations Map

Map: Aggregate & Crushed Rock Potential

Chapter/Section

Chapter 9, Section 9.7.6.2.4

Amendment Ref.

9.27

Amend Text

Amend Section 9.7.6.2.4 as follows: “While in recent years there has been a decline in the marine fishing industry due in part to the EU quota restrictions. The Common Fisheries Policy provides the National framework for the long-term conservation and sustainability of fish stocks.  In Kerry there has been an expansion in the aquaculture and secondary sectors of the industry as a whole and overall fishing remains an important and vital sector in the economy of the County”.

Chapter/Section

Chapter 9

Objective List Heading

Fishing/Aquaculture

Amendment Ref.

9.28

Amend Objective

KCDP 9-73: Facilitate and support sustainable aquaculture developments where the cumulative effects of existing and proposed aquaculture developments will not have a significant negative effect on the visual amenity of the area.

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