Equality (Section 75) Screening and Rural Needs Impact Assessment (RNIA) Consultation

Section 75 duties for Public Authorities

Section 75 of the Northern Ireland Act aims to change the practices of government and public authorities so that equality of opportunity and good relations are central to policy making and service delivery. The Section 75 statutory duties aim to encourage public authorities to address inequalities and demonstrate measurable positive impact on the lives of people experiencing inequalities. Its effective implementation should improve the quality of life for all of the people of Northern Ireland.

This draft Equality Screening Impact Report has been prepared alongside Mid and East Antrim Borough’s draft Plan Strategy, published on 17 September 2019. The draft Plan Strategy is the first of two development plan documents, which together will comprise the Local Development Plan (LDP). This report should be read in conjunction with the draft Plan Strategy document along with all other accompanying reports and with our evidence base which is set out in a suite of Technical Supplements. Both the draft Equality Screening Impact Report and the draft Plan Strategy will be subject to an eight week period of formal public consultation.

The Council has a statutory duty under Section 75 of the Northern Ireland Act 1998 as a public authority, in carrying out its functions, relating to Northern Ireland, to have due regard to the need to promote equality of opportunity:

  • Between persons of different religious belief, political opinion, racial group, age, marital status or sexual orientation;
  • Between men and women generally;
  • Between persons with a disability and persons without; and
  • Between persons with dependants and persons without.

Functions include the “powers and duties” of a public authority. Without prejudice to the above obligations, public authorities are also required to have regard to the desirability of promoting good relations between persons of different religious belief, political opinion or race.

Data Protection

General Data Protection Regulation

Mid and East Antrim Borough Council complies with the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) by producing 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 County Hall, Ballymena for public inspection.  All representations will be forwarded to the Department for Infrastructure in advance of Independent Examination.

Please note that when you make a representation (or counter-representation) to the Local Development Plan your personal information (with the exception of personal telephone numbers, signatures, email addresses or sensitive personal data) will be made publicly available on the Council’s website.

Copies of all representations will be provided to the Department for Infrastructure (DfI) and an Independent Examiner (a third party) as part of the submission of the Local Development Plan for Independent Examination. A Programme Officer will also have access to this information during the IE stages of the Plan preparation

DfI, the Programme Officer the Independent Examiner will, upon receipt, will be responsible for the processing of your data in line with prevailing legislation.

If you wish to contact the council’s Data Protection Officer, please write to:

Data Protection Officer
Mid and East Antrim Borough Council
The Braid
1-29 Bridge Street
Ballymena
BT43 5E

or send an email to: policy@midandeastantrim.gov.uk

or telephone: 0300 124 5000

The closing date has passed and submissions are no longer being accepted.