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Regional Spatial & Economic Strategy

The Southern Regional Assembly has prepared a Regional Spatial & Economic Strategy (RSES) for the Southern Region.

The RSES provides a long-term, strategic development framework for the future physical, economic and social development of the Southern Region and includes Metropolitan Area Strategic Plans (MASPs) to guide the future development of the Region’s three main cities and metropolitan areas – Cork, Limerick-Shannon and Waterford.

The RSES sets out a vision for the Southern Region to:

  • Nurture all our places to realise their full potential

  • Protect, and enhance our environment

  • Successfully combat climate change

  • Achieve economic prosperity and improved quality of life for all our citizens

  • Accommodate expanded growth and development in suitable locations

  • Make the Southern Region one of Europe’s most creative, innovative, greenest and liveable regions


The RSES seeks to achieve balanced regional development and full implementation of Project Ireland 2040 – the National Planning Framework. It will be implemented in partnership with local authorities and state agencies to deliver on this vision and build a cohesive and sustainable region.

The RSES for the Southern Region came into effect on 31st January 2020. The RSES and associated Environmental Reports are downloadable below.

The low res version of the documents will be faster to download and require less data on mobile devices. However, this will affect the quality of some of the graphics.  

Southern Regional Assembly RSES LowRes

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Regional Spatial & Economic Strategy for the Southern Region HIGH RESview
Regional Spatial & Economic Strategy for the Southern Region LOW RESview
Strategic Environmental Assessment Statementview
Appropriate Assessment Determinationview
Natura Impact Reportview
Waterford MASP Extract from RSES Documentview
Limerick Shannon MASP Extract from RSES Documentview
Cork MASP Extract from RSES Documentview