Consultation Opens

Land owners in Mid-Ulster have only one month to protect underdeveloped sites or promote inclusion of their land for development as public consultation of the Preferred Options Paper (POP) draws to a close.

All Super Councils throughout Northern Ireland will follow suite in 2017, however Mid-Ulster Council is paving the way with its POP already published and closing for public response on January 27th, 2017.

It is part of the Local Development Plans being rolled out by the 11 Super Councils.  For the first time in 10 years, members of the public, statutory authorities and developers are being given the opportunity to input to and shape their local areas.  The Local Development Plan will set out the strategy and planning policies for the future of planning within each council area up to 2030 as well as identifying where housing and other types of development should be located.

Foresight

Whilst several the other council areas are not intending to publish their POP until the second half of 2017, it is still important in advance of this to seek advice on sites to understand whether there is merit in promoting them through the Local Development Plan process.  Early foresight and understanding of how a site sits with strategic and site specific matters will be very helpful.  

This can take the form of a planning appraisal which entails researching aspects of a site’s planning and physical characteristics in order to begin building the foundations of a properly informed argument in favour of the proposed site.  Likewise, it is equally important to protect your building site to ward off threat of de-zoning.

2020 Architects are inviting members of the public to contact them to discuss the Local Development Plan process and site appraisals process in their respective council area to ensure informative and detailed responses to POP.

Email; info@2020architects.co.uk  or Tel 028 2766 7999

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