The publication of the Mid and East Antrim Local Development Plan 2030 draft Plan Strategy represents a significant milestone for the Borough and will set out the framework for future planning and sustainable development of the Borough until 2030.
This Sustainability Appraisal (SA) incorporating Strategic Environmental Assessment (SEA) is published alongside the draft Plan Strategy for formal public consultation over an 8-week period and the Council is inviting expressions of opinions, beginning on Wednesday 16 October and closing at 5pm on Wednesday 11 December 2019.
Please note that representations received after the closing period will not be accepted and will be returned.
Why We Are Consulting
The SA is published with a non-technical summary and scoping report.
SA is a statutory process incorporating the requirements of the European Union Strategic Environmental Assessment Directive (2001) (‘the SEA Directive’). It provides the process for assessing potential effects of proposed plans or programmes, to ensure that potential significant environmental impacts are considered from the earliest opportunity and addressed in decision-making.
SEA is a systematic process for assessing potential effects of proposed plans or programmes to ensure that significant environmental impacts are considered from the earliest opportunity and addressed in decision making. It was introduced by the European Directive 2001/42/EC on the assessment of the effects of certain plans and programmes on the environment (known as ‘the SEA Directive’). In Northern Ireland, the Directive’s requirements are taken forward through The Environmental Assessment of Plans and Programmes (EAPP) Regulations (Northern Ireland) 2004. The EAPP (NI) Regulations set out more detailed requirements for the process and content of the environmental assessment of plans and development.
The SA process assesses plans against a set of sustainability objectives and aims to ensure that the policies and proposals in the Local Development Plan are socially, economically and environmentally sustainable.
The first stage of the SA process is the SA Scoping Report. The SA Scoping Report presents information about the topics being assessed under the SA, which incorporates the SEA. The SA Scoping Report then establishes and describes the sustainability framework against which the Plan is assessed and sets out the proposed approach to the appraisal of the Local Development Plan. The Scoping Report will be updated throughout the Plan preparation and will be included with all SA Reports published as part of the consultation process for the Local Development Plan. A SA Interim Report together with the SA Scoping Report was published for consultation at the same time as the Preferred Options Paper (POP) in 2017.
The Council welcomes your opinions on any aspects of the SA incorporating SEA, and in particular, if any of the predicted effects are likely, or if there are any significant effects which have not been considered, or if there are any reasonable alternatives that have not been considered.
If you do not wish to complete this online consultation, a hard copy of the consultation form can be found here.
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
1-29 Bridge Street
or send an email to: firstname.lastname@example.org
or telephone: 0300 124 5000