The Forum is a 32 member body representing Blessington and the surrounding area, and facilitates all matters in relation to community and societal development, planning, town development, and environmental issues in cooperation with Wicklow County Council and other Statutory Bodies.
Established in 2001, Blessington & District Forum is the united community body for the area.
See our Facebook page for more information of BDF activities.
A copy of our Operating Protocol can be found here.
An archive of some previous activities can be found here.
Wicklow County Council has announced that the Pre-Draft consultation process for the new Blessington Town Plan will commence on Wednesday the 21st of February and will run until Wednesday the 3rd of April. The Council has prepared a new online consultation portal.
The portal sets out the key topics that the plan will address. However, general submissions can also be made online by members of the public through this portal.
You may also make a submission in writing to Blessington LAP, Administrative Office, Planning Department, Wicklow County Council, County Buildings, Station Road, Wicklow Town, A67 FW96.
A Drop-In Public Information Day will be held on Friday 1st March in the Coimin Centre, Blessington from 10.00 to 13.00 and from 16.00-19.00 and will be attended by the Plan Team.
This is the beginning of the long-awaited plan for our town and will give everyone a chance to put forward their views and submissions. Please do so.
The portal can be contacted here.
Blessington & District Forum would like to advise the community of Blessington that the development of the new park adjacent to the Cairn Homes Sorrel Wood estate is still under development and is an ACTIVE CONSTRUCTION SITE. Accordingly, members of the public should not be accessing this area. We understand that it will be made available to the community later this year, hopefully early summer. There is a secure fence along the park boundaries and at any excavations, bridges and play area.
The following additional precautions are also being put in place :
The following is an extract from the Design Statement lodged by Wicklow County Council with An Bord Pleanála (ABP) in January 2022 (FULL documentation can be accessed here) :
“The development will take place in Blessington Co Wicklow with route around Poulaphouca Reservoir via Lacken, Ballyknockan, Blessington , Haylands , Knockieran Lower, Knockieran Upper, Carrig, Sroughan, Lacken, Ballynastockan, Ballyknockan, Carrigacurra, Annacarney, Valleymount, Monamuck, Humphrystown , Baltyboys Upper, Baltyboys Lower, Burgage Moyle, Russellstown, Russborough, Rathballylong, Tulfarris, Glebe East, and Burgage More and passing adjacent to the villages of Valleymount, Ballyknockan and Lacken before returning to Blessington at Knockieran Bridge.”
Observations and comments were lodged by concerned parties with ABP by close of business on March 4th. The Observations by Blessington & District Forum can be viewed here.