Cork County Development Plan

The County Development plan outlines future developments in the county from the building of houses to the protection of the environment. 

The new Cork County Development Plan sets out the policy objectives and the overall strategy for the proper planning and sustainable development of the County over the plan period from 2022 to 2028. This shapes the work of the local authority and has a significant impact on where different types of development are allowed (zoning of land).

It is a really important document that will have an impact on your area for years to come. You have until midnight on Thursday 1st July 2021 to make a submission.

The proposed plan is available and open for submissions here: 

Here’s a link to the West Cork section:  

(Some of these documents are very large file sizes and might be difficult to download. Email if you’d like us to email you smaller versions. We can also post out printed copies.)

 I don’t know where to start/I need help with my submission. Can you help? 

A. Yes. We will be holding a webinar for all communities on Wednesday 9th June at 7pm. We will talk you through the plan including how to make a submission and we will try to answer as many questions as possible. You can register for the webinar here:

Q. Can Holly represent my views? 

A. Yes. I will be sending on a submission based on the input from people across the constituency in conjunction with my colleague Councillor Ross O’Connell. Individuals and communities can send in their priorities and ideas, and we will incorporate them into a single file to submit.   

Q. Can children and teenagers get involved? 

A. Absolutely and it is so important that they do. That’s why my team and I are arranging a Young People’s Consultation on the County Development Plan. We want to hear from young people about what they need in their local area. We have arranged zoom consultations with primary and secondary schools in the constituency.  

Here are surveys you can print off and send to me or photo and email to

Online survey for the general public / community groups: here

Printable for Children under 10

Printable survey for Young People aged 11-14

Printable survey for Young People aged 15-18

We also have an online surveys that young people can fill out here