More Settlement needed signals council

With less than one month to go until major land decisions across Belfast and Antrim, Councils have signalled a need more housing and settlement. 

As the deadline approaches to have your land included for development, landowners across Antrim and Newtownabbey Council plus Belfast City Council are being urged to get their land submitted for development potential under the review of Local Area Plans.

During the LAP review, councils have been publishing details of their respective Preferred Options Paper (POP), outlining their vision of how land in the council area should be utilised and how to deliver new development and planned growth.

For the first time in 10 years, landowners are being encouraged to have their say with an opportunity to promote their land for inclusion within a development zone.

The deadline for representations under the Antrim and Newtownabbey Preferred Options Paper is 12th April, while the Belfast City deadline is 20th April, 2017.

Currently, all 11 Super Councils in Northern Ireland are undergoing a process of land zoning and de-zoning to establish future settlement boundaries.

Within Antrim and Newtownabbey, council has outlined villages in the Council area where there is a requirement for additional land outside the existing settlements including;

Crumlin – land needed for 246 additional dwellings

Randalstown – land needed for 90 additional dwellings

Ballynure – land needed for 148 additional dwellings

Parkgate – land needed for 48 additional dwellings

Straid – land needed for 21 additional dwellings

Templepatrick – land needed for 60 additional dwellings


If you are a landowner in Antrim and Newtownabbey Council or Belfast City Council and are interested in future-proofing the development status of your land – then it is essential to get involved before the respective closing dates outlined above.

If you have land and would like it to be included for future development, it is important to promote its inclusion.  Failure to do so could mean you miss out.

If you would like your land considered for development, or to see if your land needs protecting contact 2020 Architects at

Land with maximum potential includes;

– land within an existing development zone

– land previously considered for development

– land situated in close proximity to an existing settlement