Local Development Plan 2030 - Draft Plan Strategy

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 draft Plan Strategy is the first of two documents, which comprise the Local Development Plan 2030. It has been developed following extensive engagement with the public, stakeholders and our elected Members, including the publication of our Preferred Options Paper.

The draft Plan Strategy sets out how our Borough will grow and change up to the year 2030.  It puts forward our Plan Vision for the future.  It also contains a Spatial Growth Strategy indicating at a strategic level where growth should go in the Borough.  It also sets out a range of Strategic Policies and Detailed Management Policies, which together will guide future planning decisions.

The draft Plan Strategy is published for formal public consultation over an 8-week period and the Council is inviting the submissions of representations, beginning on Friday 26 July and closing on Friday 20 September 2019 at 5pm

The submission of representations in relation to the Council's draft Plan Strategy provides an opportunity for the public to influence the policies and proposals for the future planning and development within Antrim and Newtownabbey.

Published alongside the draft Plan Strategy are a range of assessments including Sustainability Appraisal (incorporating the Strategic Environmental Assessment), a draft Habitats Regulation Assessment and an Equality (Section 75) Screening and Rural Needs Impact Assessment Report. These assessments are also subject to public consultation during the formal public consultation period closing on Friday 20 September 2019 at 5pm.

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

Why We Are Consulting

A key feature of Northern Ireland’s new Planning System is ‘Soundness’ which requires the draft Plan Strategy document to be tested at Independent Examination (IE) in terms of content, conformity and the process by which it has been prepared. Derived from established practices in England and Wales, it is considered that ‘Soundness’ testing will provide a more effective basis for examining Local Development Plans and consequently contribute towards a shorter IE process.

The purpose of the IE is to determine if the draft Plan Strategy satisfies statutory requirements and is ‘sound’. The presumption will be that the draft Plan Strategy is ‘sound’ unless it is shown to be otherwise as a result of evidence considered at the IE stage. 

The tests of soundness are based upon three categories which relate to how the draft Plan Strategy has been produced, the alignment of the document with central government regional plans, policy and guidance and the coherence, consistency and effectiveness of the content of the draft Plan Strategy. The tests of soundness are set out below:

Further information on Soundness can be found in Development Plan Practice Notes published by the Department for Infrastructure (DfI).  Of particular relevance is Practice Note 6 ‘Soundness’(Version 2) and Practice Note 9 ‘Submission and Handling of Representations’, both are available to view at https://www.infrastructure-ni.gov.uk/publications/development-plan-practice-notes.

In addition, the Planning Appeals Commission has also produced guidance entitled ‘Procedures for Independent Examination of Local Development Plans’ available at https://www.pacni.gov.uk/procedural-guides.

As the main purpose of the IE is to determine whether the Development Plan Document (DPD) is ‘sound’, any person(s) wishing to make a representation to any part of the Plan should do so on the grounds of soundness.  Any representation proposing a change to the Plan must demonstrate why the document is not sound having regard to the tests of soundness. Every representation should say precisely how the Plan should be changed in order to achieve soundness and should be supported, succinctly, by all the evidence thought necessary to justify the proposed change. Once the public consultation period has closed, there will be no further opportunity to submit information unless the Commissioner requests it.

Where several people share a common view on how the draft Plan Strategy should be changed, we encourage you to co-operate with each other, pool resources and make a single representation, for example, a local community group.

Those who make representations to the draft Plan Strategy should state whether they wish to have their representation considered at IE in writing or as an oral hearing. Unless people specifically request an oral hearing, the Commission will proceed on the basis that you are content that your representation will be considered in writing. The Commissioner will give every representation the same careful consideration regardless of whether the person who made it is heard orally or in written form.

Points to remember when submitting your representation:

  • Representations will be made publicly available for inspection at the Council's Offices and online for counter-representations;
  • Complete all relevant sections of the response form;
  • Clearly state why you consider the draft Plan Strategy to be ‘unsound’, having regard to the soundness tests;
  • There will be no further opportunity to submit information once the public consultation period closes unless the Commissioner requests it;
  • We would encourage you to submit separate forms for each representation you wish to submit;
  • Every representation should say precisely how the draft Plan Strategy should be changed in order to achieve soundness;
  • Representations should be supported, succinctly, by all the evidence thought necessary to justify the proposed change; and
  • Clearly, state whether you wish for your representation to be heard orally or in writing.

We are also holding a series of drop-in events and public meetings where you will be able to speak to Officers of the Forward Planning Team. If you would like to attend one of the public meetings, we would ask you to kindly register your attendance. Full details of these events and how to register are set out below under the 'Events' section. 

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 Plan Strategy Consultation

Events

  • Public Meeting - Mossley Mill, Newtownabbey ~ Linen Suite

    From 31 Jul 2019 at 18:00 to 31 Jul 2019 at 21:00

    Session 1 – 6:00pm-7:30pm
    Session 2 – 7:30pm-9:00pm

    Public meetings will consist of a short presentation about the draft Plan Strategy followed by questions and answers. If you would like to attend we would ask you to kindly register your attendance using the link under the 'Related' section of this page or by emailing planning@antrimandnewtownabbey.gov.uk or by phoning 028 9034 0000.

  • Public Meeting - Antrim Civic Centre ~ Steeple Suite

    From 1 Aug 2019 at 18:00 to 1 Aug 2019 at 21:00

    Session 1 – 6:00pm-7:30pm
    Session 2 – 7:30pm-9:00pm

    Public meetings will consist of a short presentation about the draft Plan Strategy followed by questions and answers. If you would like to attend we would ask you to kindly register your attendance using the link under the 'Related' section of this page or by emailing planning@antrimandnewtownabbey.gov.uk or by phoning 028 9034 0000.

  • Drop in Session - Randalstown Arches, Randalstown ~ Main Hall

    From 6 Aug 2019 at 15:00 to 6 Aug 2019 at 19:30

    Drop sessions will be with Officers from the Forward Planning Team who will be happy to answer questions relating to the draft Plan Strategy and the public consultation.

  • Drop in Session - Toome House, Toome

    From 6 Aug 2019 at 15:00 to 6 Aug 2019 at 19:30

    Drop sessions will be with Officers from the Forward Planning Team who will be happy to answer questions relating to the draft Plan Strategy and the public consultation.

  • Drop in Session - Crumlin Leisure Centre ~ Conference Room

    From 7 Aug 2019 at 15:00 to 7 Aug 2019 at 19:30

    Drop sessions will be with Officers from the Forward Planning Team who will be happy to answer questions relating to the draft Plan Strategy and the public consultation.

  • Drop in Session - Valley Leisure Centre, Newtownabbey ~ Conference Room

    From 8 Aug 2019 at 15:00 to 8 Aug 2019 at 19:30

    Drop sessions will be with Officers from the Forward Planning Team who will be happy to answer questions relating to the draft Plan Strategy and the public consultation.

  • Drop in Session - Ballyclare Town Hall ~ Ollar Room

    From 16 Aug 2019 at 15:00 to 16 Aug 2019 at 19:30

    Drop sessions will be with Officers from the Forward Planning Team who will be happy to answer questions relating to the draft Plan Strategy and the public consultation.

  • Drop in Session - Lilian Bland Pavilion, Glengormley ~ Main Hall

    From 27 Aug 2019 at 15:00 to 27 Aug 2019 at 19:30

    Drop sessions will be with Officers from the Forward Planning Team who will be happy to answer questions relating to the draft Plan Strategy and the public consultation.

  • Drop in Session - Mossley Mill, Newtownabbey ~ Yarn Suite

    From 2 Sep 2019 at 15:00 to 2 Sep 2019 at 19:30

    Drop sessions will be with Officers from the Forward Planning Team who will be happy to answer questions relating to the draft Plan Strategy and the public consultation.

  • Drop in Session - Antrim Civic Centre ~ Steeple Suite

    From 3 Sep 2019 at 15:00 to 3 Sep 2019 at 19:30

    Drop sessions will be with Officers from the Forward Planning Team who will be happy to answer questions relating to the draft Plan Strategy and the public consultation.

  • Public Meeting - Mossley Mill, Newtownabbey ~Linen Suite

    From 3 Sep 2019 at 18:00 to 3 Sep 2019 at 21:00

    Session 1 – 6:00pm-7:30pm
    Session 2 – 7:30pm-9:00pm

    Public meetings will consist of a short presentation about the draft Plan Strategy followed by questions and answers. If you would like to attend we would ask you to kindly register your attendance using the link under the 'Related' section of this page or by emailing planning@antrimandnewtownabbey.gov.uk or by phoning 028 9034 0000.

  • Drop in Session - Crumlin Leisure Centre ~ Conference Room

    From 4 Sep 2019 at 15:00 to 4 Sep 2019 at 19:30

    Drop sessions will be with Officers from the Forward Planning Team who will be happy to answer questions relating to the draft Plan Strategy and the public consultation.

  • Drop in Session - Lilian Bland Pavilion, Glengormley ~ Main Hall

    From 4 Sep 2019 at 16:00 to 4 Sep 2019 at 19:30

    Drop sessions will be with Officers from the Forward Planning Team who will be happy to answer questions relating to the draft Plan Strategy and the public consultation.

  • Drop in Session - Ballyclare Town Hall ~ Ollar Room

    From 5 Sep 2019 at 15:00 to 5 Sep 2019 at 19:30

    Drop sessions will be with Officers from the Forward Planning Team who will be happy to answer questions relating to the draft Plan Strategy and the public consultation.

  • Drop in Session - Toome House, Toome

    From 5 Sep 2019 at 15:00 to 5 Sep 2019 at 19:30

    Drop sessions will be with Officers from the Forward Planning Team who will be happy to answer questions relating to the draft Plan Strategy and the public consultation.

  • Public Meeting - Antrim Old Courthouse, Antrim

    From 5 Sep 2019 at 18:00 to 5 Sep 2019 at 21:00

    Session 1 – 6:00pm-7:30pm
    Session 2 – 7:30pm-9:00pm

    Public meetings will consist of a short presentation about the draft Plan Strategy followed by questions and answers. If you would like to attend we would ask you to kindly register your attendance using the link under the 'Related' section of this page or by emailing planning@antrimandnewtownabbey.gov.uk or by phoning 028 9034 0000.

  • Drop in Session - Randalstown Arches, Randalstown ~ Main Hall

    From 6 Sep 2019 at 15:00 to 6 Sep 2019 at 19:30

    Drop sessions will be with Officers from the Forward Planning Team who will be happy to answer questions relating to the draft Plan Strategy and the public consultation.

  • Drop in Session - Valley Leisure Centre, Newtownabbey ~ Conference Room

    From 6 Sep 2019 at 15:00 to 6 Sep 2019 at 19:30

    Drop sessions will be with Officers from the Forward Planning Team who will be happy to answer questions relating to the draft Plan Strategy and the public consultation.