Kerry County Council has prepared a draft submission as part of the initial phase of consultation in the National Planning Framework development process.
The draft sets out a vision for Kerry in the context of a strong Southern Region, building on the existing economic strengths and through investment seeking to enhance access and connectivity to and within the region.
The submission which was presented by Kerry County Council’s head of Economic and Community Development Michael Scannell highlighted Kerry’s peripheral location as a significant strength to be harnessed by the National Planning Framework.
Kerry County Council’s submission states Dublin Aiport currently accounts for 90% of flights into and out of the country.
It says a regional strategy involving Cork, Shannon and Kerry airports would push alternative access and address this imbalance.
The submission makes a number of recommendations including; the development of the Ballylongford Landbank, the completion of the IDA advanced manufacturing facility at Kerry Technology Park and the construction of a second building to attract FIN-TECH service providers at the technology park.
It also recommends the development of Centres of Excellence in research and innovation which would link global companies with higher education.
Reacting to the submission Cllr Jim Finucane said as the national proposal excludes Kerry, the county needs an energetic plan.
Cllr John Joe Culloty said Kerry needs to be aggressive as Kerry is in competition with Dublin.
Cllr Jimmy Moloney said it is vital Kerry gets onto the ‘Atlantic Corridor’ a road project that eventually will link Waterford to Letterkenny by high-quality dual carriageway or motorway.