National Spatial Strategy for Ireland 2002 - 2020. People, Places and Potential


This National Spatial Strategy for Ireland (NSS) is a twenty year planning framework designed to achieve a better balance of social, economic, physical development and population growth between regions. Its focus is on people, on places and on building communities. Through closer matching of where people live with where they work, different parts of Ireland will for the future be able to sustain - a better quality of life for people - a strong, competitive economic position and - an environment of the highest quality. This Strategy is - national - it provides a national framework to guide policies, programmes and investment - spatial - it is concerned with the location of people, their work and other activities and with how different places relate to each other - strategic - it offers a broad, long-term, comprehensive twenty-year view for achieving more balanced patterns of development.