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Local Development Plan

Preferred Options Paper

POP image from the paper

Our Preferred Options Paper period of public consultation has now ended.

Thank you to everyone who responded.

All Responses will now be carefully considered and a report will be published on our website before the end of the year. For further details on our timeframe for the plan strategy see the Local Development Plan Timetable.

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.

The POP has been 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 POP public consultation ran from 14 June 2017 to 6 September 2017, and these supporting documents were subject to the same consultation period.


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

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.


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

Equality Impact Assessment


How can I get involved in the preparation of the Plan?

Information on how you can become involved in the preparation of our Local Development Plan 2030 is contained in our Statement of Community Involvement.

If you would like to be kept informed of progress on this plan, please complete and return our Community Involvement Form.

There will be a number of events and activities arranged during the preparation of the new plan. They will give everyone an opportunity to share their views and become actively engaged with the development of plan policies and proposals.

We will advertise details of any forthcoming events and activities on this page.