City Councils commence major land decisions

BELFAST City alongside Derry City and Strabane Council are next in line to publish details of their vision for the future of settlement boundaries in Northern Ireland.

For the first time in over 10 years, landowners and farmers have an opportunity to promote their land for inclusion within a settlement parameter.  Land owners are urged to get involved early and have their say in setting areas to be zoned for development and areas to be de-zoned in this process

Antrim and Newtownabbey, Mid and East Antrim and Lisburn and Castlereagh Councils will follow suit in Spring 2017 by publishing their respective Preferred Options Papers (POPs).

Currently, all 11 Super Councils in Northern Ireland are undergoing a process of land zoning and de-zoning to establish future settlement boundaries.  This will include land suitable for development and land which will be deselected or de-zoned.  Councils will outline their proposals within the POP’s which will then be released for public consultation.


If you are a land owner in Northern Ireland and are interested in future-proofing the development status of your land then it is essential to register your interest at this stage.  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 included for development, or to see if your land needs protecting, 2020 Architects are offering a free, no obligation feasibility. 

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

However, there are no definitive rules and every piece of land is unique.  To get in touch with 2020 Architects and register your interest in protecting your land, please fill in the form below.

If you can submit a photo of your land (a screenshot off google or a photo of a DARD map or similar) we will be able to carry out the initial appraisal much quicker.


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