Pre-Draft Consultation, Northern and Western Regional Spatial and Economic Strategy The Regional Spatial and Economic Strategies (RSES) will provide a long-term regional level strategicplanning and economic framework in support of the implementation of the emerging NationalPlanning Framework (NPF) and the economic policies and objectives of the Government. The RSES will address more detail at a regional scale, identifying regional assets, opportunities andpressures, distributing future population growth and development across the region in a balancedmanner. It is essential that the RSES acknowledges a global environment of increasing climate impactand ecological destruction. It poses the challenge of accommodating the projected increase in the Region’s population in a waythat ensures that the needs of the region’s current and future population are met (access to highquality housing, jobs, sustainable modes of transport) and provide for the overall health and wellbeingand advances the quality of life of the citizens. It requires clearly stated, implementable and legally enforceable targets to meet these objectives, intandem with Strategic Environmental Assessment (SEA), Appropriate Assessment (AA) and StrategicFlood Risk Assessment (SFRA). The RSES should be committed to making the Region’s cities, towns and villages healthy, attractiveand sustainable, and improve the citizens quality of life both now and in the future. Unlike the Regional Planning Guidelines (RPGs), the RSES will provide for both a spatial strategy andan economic strategy as well as Metropolitan Area Strategic Plans (MASPs). The following sections address the key concerns outlined in the Issues Paper that fall within AnTaisce’s remit. Download the submission here.