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Preferred Options Paper

Image from the cover of the Preferred Options Paper

What is the Preferred Options Paper and how does it fit into the Local Development Plan process?

The purpose of the Preferred Options Paper (POP) is to set out the strategic approach to some of the key issues for development in our Borough and our preferred options for dealing with these issues.  The POP is a consultation paper that aims to stimulate public debate on these strategic planning issues so as to help inform the first stage of the Local Development Plan (LDP) - the Plan Strategy.

 

POP Online Survey  Sustainability Online Survey

The POP is being published along with a number of other key supporting documents including a Sustainability Appraisal Interim Report (incorporating Strategic Environmental Assessment), a Sustainability Scoping Report and an Equality Impact Interim Screening Progress Report.

Our Preferred Options Paper public consultation runs from 14 June 2017 to 6 September 2017, and these supporting documents will be subject to the same consultation period.

Documents

If you require a hard copy, please contact the Local Development Plan Team on T: 0300 200 7830 or E: planning@midandeastantrim.gov.uk

Have your say

To share your responses on the Preferred Options Paper (POP) documents, you can:

Complete our Online Survey or Download our Response Form and email it to E: planning@midandeastantrim.gov.uk

or post it to:

Local Development Plan Team
County Hall
182 Galgorm Road
Ballymena
BT42 1QF

Sustainability Appraisal

A Sustainability Appraisal (SA) is the approach used to promote sustainable development within the Local Development Plan by evaluating the social, environmental and economic effects of all aspects of the Plan throughout its preparation.    The SA will incorporate a Strategic Environmental Assessment (SEA) to ensure high level protection of the environment and to integrate environmental considerations into the preparation of the LDP.  Together, these processes will ensure that the preferred options outlined in the POP are the most appropriate and sustainable, having regard to the reasonable alternatives.   The Sustainability Assessment Interim Report and Scoping Report are published in tandem with the POP.

A baseline Habitat Regulations Assessment (HRA) has also been prepared to accompany the SA Scoping Report.  A HRA evaluates the impact of the LDP on Natura 2000 sites and Ramsar sites (these are areas designated and protected for their importance to nature conservation in a European context).

Rural proofing is the process by which all major policies and strategies are assessed to determine whether they have a differential impact on rural areas and, where appropriate, adjustments are made to take account of particular rural circumstances. The SA Scoping Report considers the evidence base for the LDP from the rural perspective and the Interim Report considers how the assessment of various relevant issues in the POP has taken account of the rural dimension.

Documents

If you require a hard copy, please contact the Local Development Plan Team on T: 0300 200 7830 or E: planning@midandeastantrim.gov.uk.

Have your say:

To share your responses on the Sustainability Appraisal documents, you can:

Complete our online survey or Download our Response Form and email it to E: planning@midandeastantrim.gov.uk

or post it to:

Local Development Plan Team
County Hall
182 Galgorm Road
Ballymena
BT42 1QF

Equality Impact Assessment

Document

Find out more

We are holding a series of drop-in sessions and public events to enable you to ask questions and find out more about the Preferred Options Paper

Date and Time Event Type Location
Thursday 22 June 2017
Afternoon - 2pm
Evening - 7pm
Public Event The Braid, Ballymena Town Hall
1-29 Bridge Street, Ballymena, BT43 5EJ
Thursday 29 June 2017
Afternoon - 2pm
Evening - 7pm
Public Event Carrickfergus Town Hall
2B Joymount, Carrickfergus, BT38 7DN
Tuesday 25 July 2017
Afternoon - 2pm
Evening - 7pm
Public Event Larne Town Hall
1-9 Upper Cross Street, Larne, BT40 1RZ
Wednesday 2 August 2017
Evening - 7pm to 9pm
Drop-in Session

The Gobbins Visitor Centre
Middle Road, Islandmagee, BT40 3SX

Thursday 3 August 2017
Evening - 7pm to 9pm
Drop-in Session

Portglenone Community Centre
Gortgole Road, Portglenone, Ballymena, BT44 8HT

Wednesday 9 August 2017
Evening - 7pm to 9pm
Drop-in Session

Glenlough Community Centre
60 Croft Road, Carnlough, Ballymena, BT44 0EX