Local Development Plan 2030

Image of from the cover page of the Draft Plan Strategy

The Local Development Plan is primarily about delivering  sustainable development and improving the quality of life and wellbeing of communities in Mid and East Antrim.  It sets out a Spatial Growth Strategy underpinned by other strategic policies and proposals as a means of ensuring that development is high quality, meets local needs and is located in the appropriate places convenient to jobs and public services.

The Local Development Plan (LDP) will also balance competing demands ensuring that new development respects our quality landscapes and our precious natural and historic environment, all of which expresses the unique identity of our Borough and underpins our growing tourism sector.  Through guiding future development and use of land in our towns, villages and rural areas, the Local Development Plan will provide certainty as, under the new Plan-led system, it will be the first thing to be taken into account by Council when taking planning decisions. The Local Development Plan is a powerful tool for place-shaping and will assist in the delivery of our Community Plan ‘Putting People First’.

Copies of the draft Plan Strategy and supporting documents are available to view and download at Local Development Plan 2030 draft Plan Strategy.

What Happens Now

1 March 2023 Update

Following the independent examination of the Council’s draft Plan Strategy, which took place between May and August 2022, the Commissioners’ report has now been forwarded to the Department for Infrastructure.

Release of that report is solely a matter for the Department.

The Council will now await the Direction as to whether the plan should be adopted with or without modifications, or withdrawn.

For further information regarding the Independent Examination procedures and the Commissioner’s Report, please refer to the PAC published Guidance entitled, ‘Procedures for Independent Examination of Local Development Plans’ which is available to view on the Planning Appeals Commission’s websites Procedural Guides page.

Further updates on the progress of the Council’s Local Development Plan will be provided on the Council’s website. Alternatively, should you wish to kept informed of the remaining stages of the plan process, please fill out this community involvement form and return to the LDP Team at: Silverwood Business Park, 190 Raceview Road, Ballymena, BT42 4HZ.

Draft Plan Strategy Stages

Stage 1

Stage 1: Programme Management – Timetable

1st Revision: 26 June 2017

2nd Revision: 8 April 2019

3rd Revision:  14 December 2020

4th Revision: 7 April 2022

Stage 1: Preferred Options

The Preferred Options Paper was published 14 June 2017  for formal consultation for a period of 12 weeks ending on 6 September 2017.

The Preferred Options Paper Consultation Report was published in November 2017.


Stage 2

Stage 2: Draft Plan Strategy

The draft Plan Strategy was published on 17 September 2019 and formal public consultation took place for a period of eight weeks from 16 October to 11 December 2019.

Stage 2: Representations to the Draft Plan Strategy

Representations submitted in response to the public consultation on the draft Plan Strategy and Sustainability Appraisal were subject to eight weeks public consultation for counter representation from 31 January to 27 March 2020.

Stage 2: Counter Representations

The period of public consultation for counter representations ran from 31 January to 27 March 2020 and was an opportunity for interested parties to comment on a site specific policy representation received during the public consultation on the draft Plan Strategy (16 October to 11 December 2019).

Stage 2: Schedule of Proposed Modifications

The Schedule of Proposed Modifications was prepared following consideration of the representations and counter representations. It was published on 5 January 2021 and was subject to an eight-week public consultation from 8 January 2021 to 5 March 2021. You can also view the comments on the Schedule of Proposed Modifications.

The Schedule of Proposed Modifications was accompanied by Addendums to the draft Sustainability Appraisal, the draft Habitats Regulations Assessment, the draft Rural Needs Impact Assessment and the draft Equality (Section 75) Screening Report.  These documents are available to view on our draft Plan Strategy and supporting documents page.

Stage 2: Submission of documents to the Department of Infrastructure

In accordance with Regulation 20 of the Planning (Local Development Plan) Regulations (Northern Ireland) 2015, we submitted the draft Plan Strategy and supporting documents to the Department for Infrastructure on 29 March 2021.

Stage 2: Independent Examination of draft Plan Strategy.

The Planning Appeals Commission (PAC) have now completed the Independent Examination of the Council’s draft Plan Strategy which took place between 3 May and 29 June 2022.

Alternative formats

These documents can be made available in different formats upon request. If you would like a document in another format, please contact the LDP Team at or on T: 028 2563 3500. If for any reason a particular alternative format cannot be met, other possible solutions may be required.

Should you require any additional information on the LDP, please do not hesitate to contact the LDP team on T: 028 2563 3500.

Representations to the Draft Plan Strategy

In accordance with Regulation 17 of the Planning (Local Development Plan) Regulations (Northern Ireland) 2015, we published the representations received during the statutory public consultation period for the Mid and East Antrim Local Development Plan 2030 draft Plan Strategy. 

Advert: Publication of Representations to draft Plan Strategy and Invitation to Submit Counter Representations 

Reference Respondent On behalf of
MEA-DPS-001 Antrim and Newtownabbey Borough Council   
MEA-DPS-002 Belfast City Council   
MEA-DPS-003 Causeway Coast and Glens Borough Council   
MEA-DPS-004 Causeway Coast and Glens Heritage Trust   
MEA-DPS-005 Co-Ownership Housing Association Limited  
MEA-DPS-006 DAERA-Natural Environment Division   
MEA-DPS-007 Individual  
MEA-DPS-009 DfE  
MEA-DPS-010 DfI  
MEA-DPS-011 DoJ  
MEA-DPS-012 Donaldson Planning Ballymena Development Consortium
MEA-DPS-013 Donaldson Planning Individual
MEA-DPS-014 Donaldson Planning Individual
MEA-DPS-015 Farrans Construction Ltd   
MEA-DPS-016 Ferguson Planning Individual
MEA-DPS-017 FP McCann   
MEA-DPS-018 Jobling Planning and Environment Ltd Individual
MEA-DPS-019 Jobling Planning and Environment Ltd Individual
MEA-DPS-020 Jobling Planning and Environment Ltd Individual
MEA-DPS-021 Glenarm Visitor Information Centre   
MEA-DPS-022 GM Design Associates Ltd Individual
MEA-DPS-023 Gravis Planning Conway Estates Ltd
MEA-DPS-024 Gravis Planning Conway Estates Ltd and Individual
MEA-DPS-025 Gravis Planning Individual
MEA-DPS-026 Gravis Planning EPUKI
MEA-DPS-027 Gravis Planning Individual
MEA-DPS-028 Gravis Planning Individual
MEA-DPS-029 Gravis Planning Individual
MEA-DPS-030 Gravis Planning Don Rimes Pension Fund
MEA-DPS-031 Individual   
MEA-DPS-032 Inaltus Alexander Property Holdings
MEA-DPS-033 Inaltus Bridge Park Development Ltd
MEA-DPS-034 Inaltus Galgorm Group
MEA-DPS-035 Inaltus Galgorm Properties
MEA-DPS-036 Inaltus Individual
MEA-DPS-037 Inaltus N.K. Holdings Ltd
MEA-DPS-038 Invest NI  
MEA-DPS-039 Irish Salt Mining & Exploration Co. Ltd   
MEA-DPS-040 James Stevenson Quarries Ltd  
MEA-DPS-041 Lightsource BP  
MEA-DPS-042 Individual   
MEA-DPS-043 MBA Planning CYM Properties
MEA-DPS-044 Individual   
MEA-DPS-045 Mid Ulster District Council   
MEA-DPS-046 Ministerial Advisory Group  
MEA-DPS-047 Individual   
MEA-DPS-049 Northern Ireland Housing Executive  
MEA-DPS-050 Northern Ireland Renewables Industry Group   
MEA-DPS-051 Northern Ireland Water   
MEA-DPS-052 Northern Health and Social Care Trust  
MEA-DPS-053 O'Connor Kennedy Turtle Individual
MEA-DPS-054 O'Connor Kennedy Turtle Individual
MEA-DPS-055 Pragma Planning Carnlough Dev Ltd
MEA-DPS-056 Quarry Plan  
MEA-DPS-059 Scottish Power Renewables  
MEA-DPS-061 Individual   
MEA-DPS-062 TC Town Planning Individual 
MEA-DPS-063 Translink  
MEA-DPS-064 TSA Planning Individual 
MEA-DPS-065 TSA Planning Individual 
MEA-DPS-066 TSA Planning Lotus Homes
MEA-DPS-067 TSA Planning Rosemount Homes
MEA-DPS-068 TSA Planning Silverwood Business Park Ltd
MEA-DPS-069 Turley ABO Wind (NI) Ltd 
MEA-DPS-070 Turley Antrim Construction Company
MEA-DPS-071 Turley Clanmill Housing Group
MEA-DPS-072 Turley Clear Channel
MEA-DPS-073 Turley Hagan Homes
MEA-DPS-074 Turley Herron Bros
MEA-DPS-075 Turley Northern Ireland Federation of Housing Association
MEA-DPS-076 Turley RES
MEA-DPS-077 Turley Vaughan Homes
MEA-DPS-078 Wardell Armstrong LLP The Crown Estate
MEA-DPS-079 White Young Green Individual
MEA-DPS-080 DAERA-Natural Environment Division - SEA Team  


Counter Representations

In accordance with Regulation 19 of The Planning (Local Development Plan) Regulations (Northern Ireland) 2015, the counter representations received are available for inspection.  

Advert: draft Plan Strategy Publication of Counter Representations to the draft Plan Strategy

Reference Number

Name of Respondent

Submitted on Behalf of


Francis Dinsmore Ltd



GM Design



Gravis Planning



Gravis Planning



Gravis Planning

Don Rimes Pension Fund


Gravis Planning

Conway Estates Limited


Gravis Planning

Conway Estates Limited, Backus Brothers & Individuals


Gravis Planning







ABO Wind NI Ltd

Draft Plan Strategy:

Accompanying Assessments & Technical Supplements

The Technical Supplements and the following Accompanying Assessments will be available to view and download from the 16 October 2019 for the commencement of the 8-week public consultation.


Should you wish to be kept informed of the remaining stages of our plan process, please fill out this community involvement form and return to us  at Silverwood Business Park, 190 Raceview Road, Ballymena, BT42 4HZ.

General Data Protection Regulation

We comply with the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) and have produced a specific Local Development Plan Privacy Notice, which lets you know how we manage any personal information we receive from you. It contains the standards you can expect when we ask for, or hold, your personal information and an explanation of our information management security policy.

A copy of our Local Development Plan Privacy Notice is available

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