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 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’.

How we got here

The  Plan Strategy is the first of two documents, which comprise the Local Development Plan.  Once adopted, it will be followed by the Local Policies Plan which will set out our detailed site-specific proposals such as land use zonings and local designations such as settlement limits and town centre boundaries. The Revised Local Development Plan Timetable is subject to annual review.

The draft Plan Strategy has been developed following extensive engagement with the public, stakeholders and our elected Members and follows on from the publication of our Preferred Options Paper in June 2017.  The key stages in this phase of the plan making process are shown below.






Preferred Options Paper (POP) issued with evidence base and consultation period Publish draft Plan Strategy for 4 week pre-consultation followed by 8 week consultation period Further 8 week period for counter representations Independent examination of Draft Plan Adoption of Plan strategy. Commence Local Policies Plan process.

The Draft Plan Strategy

The draft Plan Strategy sets out how our Borough will grow and change up to the year 2030. It puts forward our Plan vision and strategic objectives for the future. It also contains a Spatial Growth Strategy and supporting Strategic Spatial Proposals indicating where growth should be directed in the Borough. It also sets out a range of Strategic Subject Policies under five key themes shown below, which together will support the Spatial Growth Strategy and inform future planning decisions.

Sustainable Economic Growth

Building Sustainable Communities

Transportation, Infrastructure and Connectivity

Stewardship of our Built Environment and Creating Places

Safeguarding our Natural Environment

Copies of the draft Plan Strategy and supporting documents are available to view and download from links below:

Draft Plan Strategy

Consultation on the Draft Plan Strategy

The draft Plan Strategy was published for formal public consultation for a period of eight weeks beginning on Wednesday 16 October and closing at 5pm on Wednesday 11 December 2019.

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

The Government lockdown in respect to Covid-19 was announced on 23 March taking effect from 24 March.   As stated in the public notices and on the Council website, all representations were available for inspection online, with counter-representations then to be submitted online, posted or emailed.  As there was no requirement to physically attend Council premises to submit  a counter-representation, a decision was taken not to postpone or cancel the counter-representation consultation period as a result of the lockdown. 

If you were prevented from making a counter-representation as a consequence of the lockdown and you wish to submit a counter-representation, please contact the Planning Office as soon as possible to agree a time extension.

What Happens Now

The representations submitted in response to the public consultation on the draft Plan Strategy and Sustainability Appraisal can be accessed on this website (see below) and will also be available to inspection from the 31 January to 27 March 2020 at the following Council Offices:

  • Planning Office, County Hall, 182 Galgorm Road, Ballymena, BT42 1QF
  • The Braid, 1-29 Bridge Street, Ballymena, BT43 5EJ;
  • Carrickfergus Museum and Civic Centre, 11 Antrim Street, Carrickfergus, BT38 7DG;
  • Smiley Buildings, Victoria Road, Larne, BT40 1RU
Representations to the draft Plan Strategy
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  

All counter representations received within the specified period will be made available for public inspection as soon as reasonably practicable after the expiry of the counter representation period.

A copy of the public notice relating to the above, as was published in the Belfast Gazette and local newspapers, are provided for information.

What Happens Next

Once the 8 week period for the submission of counter representations has closed we will collate and analyse all representations and counter representations received during the respective consultation periods.

Once Council is satisfied that the draft Plan Strategy is ready for Independent Examination, all relevant documents, including representations and counter representations and our consideration of these will be forwarded to the Department of Infrastructure.

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.

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 here. All representations received will be published on our website and made available at our Local Planning Office, County Hall, 182 Galgorm Road, Ballymena, for public inspection.

All representations  will be forwarded to the Department of Infrastructure in advance of Independent Examination.

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.


The draft Plan Strategy will be examined at Independent Examination in regard to its soundness. Accordingly, your responses should be based on soundness and directed at specific strategic policies or proposals that you consider to be unsound, along with your reasons.  The tests of soundness are set out below:

Procedural tests

  • P1. Has the plan been prepared in accordance with the Council’s timetable and the Statement of Community Involvement?
  • P2. Has the Council prepared its Preferred Options Paper and taken into account any representations made?
  • P3. Has the plan been subject to Sustainability Appraisal including Strategic Environmental Assessment?
  • P4. Did the Council comply with the regulations on the form and content of its plan and on the procedure for preparing the plan?

Consistency tests

  • C1. Did the Council take account of the Regional Development Strategy?
  • C2. Did the Council take account of its Community Plan?
  • C3. Did the Council take account of policy and guidance issued by the Department?
  • C4. Has the plan had regard to other relevant plans, policies and strategies relating to the council’s district or to any adjoining council’s district? 

Coherence and effectiveness tests

  • CE1. The plan sets out a coherent strategy from which its policies and allocations logically flow and where cross boundary issues are relevant is it in conflict with the plans of neighbouring Councils.
  • CE2. The strategy, policies and allocations are realistic and appropriate having considered the relevant alternatives and are founded on a robust evidence base.
  • CE3. There are clear mechanisms for implementation and monitoring.
  • CE4. The plan is reasonably flexible to enable it to deal with changing circumstances.

Those wishing to make representations seeking to change the draft Plan Strategy should clearly state why they consider the document to be unsound having regard to the tests above.  It is very important that when you are submitting your representation that your response reflects the most appropriate soundness test(s) which you believe the draft Plan Strategy fails to meet.  There will be no further opportunity to submit information once the consultation period has closed unless the Examiner  requests it. 

Those who make a representation seeking to change the draft Plan Strategy should also state whether they wish to be heard orally. Unless people specifically request a hearing, the Examiner will proceed on the basis that you are content for your representations to be considered in written form only.

Further reading

You may find it useful to refer to the Department for Infrastructure’s ‘Development Plan Practice Note 06 - Soundness’ as well as the ‘Procedures for Independent Examination of Local Development Plans’, both are available on the Department for Infrastructure website's Development Plan Practice Notes page.

Furthermore, the Planning Appeals Commission have also produced guidance entitled ‘Procedures for Independent Examination of Local Development Plans’ are available on the Planning Appeals Commission website's Procedural Guides page.

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