Have Your Say
Have Your Say
Mid and East Antrim Borough Council is consulting on the Mid and East Antrim Local Development Plan – Draft Plan Strategy 2030.
To allow everyone time to read and digest the draft Plan Strategy we are publishing it in advance of the formal eight week period of public consultation. This period of pre-consultation will run from 17 September 2019 to 15 October 2019.
Please note that no representations should be made during this period, as they will not be considered outside of the formal consultation period.
During this pre-consultation period, Council’s Local Development Plan team will facilitate a series of public engagement events, exhibitions and drop-in information sessions. Arrangements for these events will be published on our website and in local newspapers in the week commencing 16 September 2019.
The aims of these events are to:
- Promote understanding of the draft Plan Strategy;
- Explain how it will be tested at Independent Examination; and
- Provide guidance on the submission of representations to the public consultation.
The draft Plan Strategy will be open for formal public consultation for a period of eight weeks, commencing on 16 October 2019 and closing at 5pm on 11 December 2019.
Please note that representations received after the closing date on 11 December will not be considered.
The draft Plan Strategy is published along with a range of assessments which are also open for public consultation over this period. These include a Sustainability Appraisal (incorporating a Strategic Environmental Assessment), a draft Habitats Regulations Assessment, a draft Equality (Section 75) Screening Report and a Rural Needs Impact Assessment.
We welcome comments on the proposals and policies within our draft Plan Strategy from everyone with an interest in Mid and East Antrim and its continuing development over the Plan period to 2030. This includes individuals and families who live or work in our Borough. It is also important that we hear from a wide spectrum of stakeholder groups who have particular interests in Mid and East Antrim. Accordingly, while acknowledging that the list below is not exhaustive, we welcome the engagement of the following groups:
- Voluntary groups
- Residents groups
- Community forums and groups
- Environmental groups
- Business groups
- Professional bodies
- Academic institutions
Availability of the Draft Plan Strategy
A copy of the draft Plan Strategy and all supporting documentation, including the Sustainability Appraisal Report, is available on the Mid and East Antrim Borough Council website: www.midandeastantrim.gov.uk/LDP
The draft Plan Strategy and supporting documentation is also available in hard copy or to view during office hours, 9.30am – 4.30pm at the following Council offices:
- Planning Department, County Hall, 182 Galgorm Road, Ballymena, BT42 1QF
- The Braid, 1-29 Bridge Street, Ballymena, BT43 5EJ
- Carrickfergus Museum and Civic Centre, 11 Antrim Street, Carrickfergus, BT38 7DG
- Smiley Buildings, Victoria Road, Larne, BT40 1RU
The draft Plan Strategy and supporting documentation can be made available in different formats upon request.
Aims of the Public Consultation
The public consultation on the Draft Plan Strategy aims to:
- Encourage full public participation in this stage of the Local Development Plan process and to stimulate ongoing interest and involvement in the Plan process;
- Promote a sense of ownership of the Local Development Plan;
- Facilitate the Independent Examination of the draft Plan Strategy to ensure its soundness; and
- Provide a robust foundation for work on the Local Policies Plan, the next stage in the Plan process.
How will the Council deal with your comments?
Subsequent to the eight week consultation period, there will be a further eight week period allowed for counter-representations.
All representations and counter-representations will be analysed by our Local Development Plan team and a Public Consultation Report will be prepared and presented to Elected Members. This may result in amendments to the draft Plan Strategy, before its formal submission to the Department for Infrastructure, in advance of the Independent Examination.
It should be noted that your responses are public documents that will be made available for public inspection and Independent Examination. All responses will therefore be held on a database in accordance with the provisions of the General Data Protection Regulation (EU) 2016/679 (GDPR).
All responses to this public consultation should be submitted to the Planning Team via the following options:
By the online consultation portal:
Local Development Plan Team
182 Galgorm Road
When making a response to the consultation on the draft plan Strategy, we would encourage you to use the online consultation portal and to read carefully the guidance that accompanies it before completing it. Using the online consultation portal will help the Independent Examiner to understand what part of the plan you consider to be unsound and what suggested change you wish to make to it.