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The Development Plan Section is responsible for:

  • Preparation, monitor and review of Local Development Plans (LDPs);
  • Designation, variation and/or cancellation of Conservation Areas (CAs); and
  • Making of Tree Preservation Orders (TPOs); and
  • Serviing of Building Preservation Notices (BPNs)


Local Development Plans form the basis of land use planning and decisions on planning applications within the Borough. They set out what the Council area will look like and how land should be used and developed.

The current Development Plan for the Causeway Coast and Glens Borough Council area is the Northern Area Plan 2016, adopted by the Department of the Environment on 22nd September 2015.  This Plan supersedes the previous statutory plans covering the Borough, as follows:

  • Limavady Area Plan 1984-1999
  • Limavady Area Plan 1984-1999 – Alteration No.1
  • Limavady Local Plan (South East Lands) 1989-1999
  • Limavady District Hamlet Subject Plan 1989-1999
  • North East Area Plan 2002
  • North East Area Plan 2002 – Alteration No.1: Portrush
  • Ballymoney Town Centre Local Plan 1991-2002


Preparation of the Local Development Plan (LDP).

The Development Plan Team are in the early (preparatory) stages of producing the Local Development Plan 2030 for the Borough.  The LDP will be accompanied by a Sustainability Appraisal, which will incorporate a Strategic Environmental Assessment (SEA), as is required under the provisions of The Environmental Assessment of Plans and Programmes Regulations (Northern Ireland) 2004.

Data and evidence associated with the Borough is being collected to establish a baseline survey of the area. This information is regularly updated and presented to the Planning Committee in the form of topic-based discussion papers and Member workshops


What have we done?

To date the following Topic Papers have been presented to the Committee:


Other documents which inform the LDP:




Where are we now?

Statement of Community Involvement (SCI) in Planning.

Our SCI sets out how Council intends to engage with the public, stakeholders and Government Departments in exercising its planning functions, including:

  • the preparation of the Local Development Plan;
  • deciding planning applications in the Borough;
  • planning enforcement; and
  • other planning matters

Council exercised its option, under Regulation 5 of the Planning (Statement of Community Involvement) Regulations (Northern Ireland) 2015, to invite comments from the public in the preparation of its SCI.

An 8 week public consultation exercise on the draft document commenced on 11th November 2015 and closed on 6th January 2016. Council received no comments.

The Statement of Community Involvement in Planning has now been agreed with the Department for Infrastructure (DfI).

It may also be viewed at Council’s Planning Office, Cloonavin, 66 Portstewart Road, Coleraine, BT52 1EY during normal office hours.


LDP Timetable.

Our Revised Local Development Plan Timetable has been agreed with both DfI and the Planning Appeals Commission (PAC).  It sets out indicative timeframes for the key stages in the production of the LDP, including:

  • Formal periods for public consultation;
  • Approximate timing of the 2 Independent Examinations that will happen during the Plan process;
  • The Sustainability Appraisal process that will run in parallel with the LDP process.

It may also be viewed at Council’s Planning Office, Cloonavin, 66 Portstewart Road, Coleraine, BT52 1EY during normal office hours.


Where are we going?

We are now working towards the next stage of the LDP preparation; our Preferred Option Paper (POP). The indicative timeframe for publication is Spring/Summer 2018.

This public consultation document will promote debate on issues of strategic significance likely to influence the shape of future development within the Borough. It will set out the key planning issues we have identified through our detailed evidence gathering and outline Council’s preferred option for addressing these issues.

All comments received will be taken into consideration in the preparation of the next Plan document: The Draft Plan Strategy.


Getting Involved.

To facilitate public engagement early in the LDP process you may wish to “Register your Interest”.

Our team will keep those who have registered up to date with relevant LDP information throughout the Plan process.

Contact Us

If you would like further information, please contact us