Sustainability Appraisal (SA) Interim Report incorporating SEA and HRA for Preferred Options Paper

Closed 12 Apr 2017

Opened 18 Jan 2017


A Sustainability Appraisal (SA) is being carried out alongside preparation of the Antrim and Newtownabbey Borough Council's Local Development Plan. The SA process will assess our Plan against a set of sustainability objectives developed in consultation with stakeholders. It will help us to identify the relative environmental, social and economic impacts of our Local Development Plan decisions, to evaluate which of our choices are more sustainable and identify any possible mitigation if required.

At the Preferred Options Stage we have published a SA Interim Report incorporating Strategic Environmental Assessment (SEA) and also an initial screening in relation to the important habitats within our Borough. 

The purpose of this Sustainability Appraisal Interim Report is to:

  • Document the appraisal of options and alternatives against a sustainability framework consisting of fourteen objectives, which has helped the Council to determine their preferred options
  • Identify where there are significant effects of a preferred option and, where these are negative effects, identify how these could be addressed.
  • Present any cumulative effects identified in the appraisal.
  • Present any assumptions used in the appraisal, including assessing the significance of effects.

The SA Interim Report and all other documents are available on our webpage at

Why your views matter

Your views are important to us at all stages of our Local Development Plan preparation.

We would welcome your comments on our SA Interim Report incorporating SEA and initial HRA screening. We will consider your comments as we progress our Sustainabilty Appraisal and HRA along side our Plan.

Planning Events

We are also holding a number of planning drop in events which may be of interest to you. Details of events are set out below.

In addition we will also be carrying out a number of engagement events in association with our draft Community Plan . Full details of our draft Community Plan is available on our website at

Planning Staff will be available at Mossley Mill during normal working hours as part of our public consultation on the POP. Planning Staff are also available at Antrim Civic Centre by appointment by ringing 0300 123 6677.

Public Exhibition

The POP and all relevant supporting documents are available for inspection between 9am and 5pm (Monday to Friday), in the Council offices at Mossley Mill, Carnmoney Road North, Newtownabbey, BT36 5QA and Antrim Civic Centre 50 Stiles Way, Antrim, BT41 2UB. 

If you would like to complete a hard copy questionnaire or require our documents in an alternative format contact the Planning Section at Mossley Mill in writing to the above addresses, by telephone on 0300 123 6677, text phone 18001 028 9034 000 or by email to