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Local Development Plan Preferred Options Paper launched by Causeway Coast and Glens Borough Council

Local Development Plan Preferred Options Paper launched by Causeway Coast and Glens Borough Council

Tue, June 26, 2018

Causeway Coast and Glens Borough Council launched its Local Development Plan 2030: Preferred Options Paper (POP) on Tuesday 26th June for a 12 week public consultation period.

The Mayor of Causeway Coast and Glens Borough Council, Councillor Brenda Chivers said: “This is the first of three public consultation documents in the preparation of the Council’s Local Development Plan 2030 which will be the first Plan for the Borough to be prepared under the new planning powers transferred to the Council in April 2015.

“The Local Development Plan provides an opportunity to develop a new planning framework specific to the Causeway Coast and Glens Council area, balancing the development needs of the Borough with the protection of our built and natural heritage assets. Meaningful early engagement in the plan process is key to ensure that everyone has an opportunity to help shape the Borough. I would encourage everyone to respond to this public consultation and to participate in the planned public engagement events.”

The Local Development Plan, when adopted, will replace the existing Northern Area Plan 2016, and the existing suite of Regional Planning Policy Statements (known as PPSs). It will also be the key document used when making decisions on planning applications throughout the Borough.

The Preferred Options Paper outlines the Vision and Strategic Objectives of the Plan. It identifies what the Council considers to be the main strategic planning issues affecting this Borough and outlines a range of possible options to address these including the Council’s “Preferred Options”.

The range of options seeks to stimulate wide-ranging, yet focussed debate, on how we can best deal with the identified key issues moving forward.

The consultation process will allow residents, visitors, investors and other interested parties, the opportunity to put forward their views and influence the plan from the outset.

The POP is accompanied by a Sustainability Appraisal [Scoping and Interim Reports, including Strategic Environmental Assessment (SEA) and Habitats Regulation Assessment (HRA) Baseline Study] and an Equality Statement. Comments are also sought on these documents during the consultation period. A series of topic-based background Discussion Papers may also be viewed online or in the Planning Office.

Planning Officials will commence a series of public engagement events across the Borough towards the end of July (see table below).

Electoral Area Date Time Venue
Benbradagh Monday 23rd July 2018 10am-12pm Dungiven Library, 74 Main Street, Dungiven
Bann Tuesday 24th July 2018

2pm-4pm   

Garvagh and District Development Association (GADDA), 85 Main Street, Garvagh
The Glens Wednesday 25th July 2018

2pm – 4pm

Board Room, Sheskburn House, 7 Mary Street, Ballycastle
Limavady Thursday 26th July 2018 10am – 12pm Roe Valley Arts & Cultural Centre, 24 Main Street, Limavady
Rathlin Island Friday 27th July 2018 12.30pm – 2.30pm (subject to ferry) Branson Centre
Coleraine

Monday 30th July 2018

5pm – 7pm

Coleraine Leisure Centre

Ballymoney

Tuesday 31st July 2018

10am – 12pm

Crampsie Room, Ballymoney Town Hall

Causeway Wednesday 1st August 2018 2pm – 4pm Girvan Room, Portrush Town Hall

The Council looks forward to your comments, which will inform the next stage of its plan making process, the Draft Plan Strategy.

Comments should be submitted via the Preferred Options Paper (POP) Comments Sheet, which is available, along with all other consultation documents, on the Council’s website at:https://www.causewaycoastandglens.gov.uk/live/planning/development-plan/preferred-options-paper or at the Council Planning Office at: Cloonavin, 66 Portstewart Road, Coleraine, BT52 1EY. Tel: 028 7034 7100.

The POP document will also be available to view in all public libraries across the Borough.

A POP Summary Booklet is also available.

The 12 week public consultation period closes at 5.00pm on Friday 21st September 2018.

Pictured launching the Causeway Coast and Glens Borough Council Local Development Plan 2030: Preferred Options Paper (POP) are Alderman Sharon Mc Killop, Sharon Mulhern, Principal Planning Officer, the Mayor of Causeway Coast and Glens Borough Council, Councillor Brenda Chivers and Denise Dickson, Head of Planning.