Stage 1 - Scoping
During Stage 1 (January ? May 2000), an initial Public Consultation Paper, What are the Issues? was published. Responses received in relation to this document provided for the preparation of a public report setting out the approach to the Strategy, the National Spatial Strategy: Scope and Delivery report (May 2000). This report outlined the scope of issues to be addressed by the Strategy, envisaging that it would guide future infrastructural, industrial, residential and rural development while providing protection for Ireland's cultural, natural and environmental heritage, promoting social inclusion and enhancing quality of life.
The Strategy also took account of the European Spatial Development Perspective, which was agreed in 1999 by the 15 EU Ministers responsible for spatial planning.
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