Draft Habitats Regulation Assessment (HRA) Consultation

Closes 20 Sep 2019

Opened 26 Jul 2019

Overview

The publication of the Antrim and Newtownabbey Local Development Plan 2030 draft Plan Strategy represents a significant milestone for the Antrim and Newtownabbey Borough. The Local Development Plan 2030 will set out the framework for future planning and sustainable development of the Borough until 2030.

This draft Habitats Regulations Assessment (HRA) is published alongside the draft Plan Strategy for formal public consultation for a period of 8 weeks and the Council is inviting comments during this period beginning on Friday 26 July 2019 and closing on Friday 20 September 2019 at 5pm.

Please note that comments received after the closing date at 5pm on Friday 20 September 2019 will not be considered and will be subsequently returned. 

Why We Are Consulting

Regulation 43 of The Conservation (Natural Habitats, etc.) Regulations (Northern Ireland) 1995 (as amended), which implements elements of the Habitats and Birds Directives, requires an appropriate assessment to be undertaken of plans and projects which are likely to have a significant effect on an international site in Northern Ireland, either alone or in combination with other plans or projects.

This is known as HRA and provides for an assessment of the implications of a land-use plan for international sites in view of their conservation objectives. International sites include Special Areas of Conservation (SACs), Special Protection Areas (SPAs) and Ramsar sites.  

This draft HRA is prepared in support of the draft Plan Strategy for Antrim and Newtownabbey Borough Council Local Development Plan 2030. It records the assessment of the draft Plan Strategy proposals and its potential impacts on international sites. The Council welcomes your comments on any aspects of the draft HRA, and in particular, f any of the predicted effects are likely or if you agree or not with the recommendations of the draft HRA.

The Council welcomes your comments on any aspects of the draft HRA, and in particular if any of the predicted effects are likely or if you agree or not with the recommendations of the HRA.

If you do not wish to complete this online consultation, a hard copy of the consultation form can be found under the 'Related Documents' section below. 

Draft Habitats Regulation Assessment (HRA) Consultation