Decisions regarding future settlement boundaries and development zones will be made across all Councils in Northern Ireland throughout 2017. 

For the first time in over 10 years, members of the public are being urged to get involved in this process to promote the inclusion of their land for development or to protect against the risk of it de-zoning.

Recommendations on settlement boundaries will initially be set out within the Council’s Preferred Options Paper (POP).  Mid-Ulster Council and Fermanagh and Omagh District Council are currently taking the lead having published their POPs last year.

Once released, these papers are open for a period of consultation whereby members of the public are invited to make submissions to promote their land.

Mid-Ulster Council’s POP closes for public consultation on January 27th and submissions must be made before the closing date.

Anticipated dates for publication of POP

Causeway Coast and Glens – Autumn/Winter 2017

Mid and East Antrim – Spring 2017

Antrim and Newtownabbey – Spring 2017

Belfast City – Spring 2017

Lisburn and Castlereagh – Spring 2017

Ards and North Down – late 2017

Newry, Mourne and Down – Autumn 2017

Derry City and Strabane – March 2017

Fermanagh and Omagh – Published October 2016

Mid Ulster – Published November 2016

2020 Architects are urging all land owners to protect their land under these imminent land changes which will come into effect throughout 2017.

If you would like your land included for development, or to see if your land needs protecting, 2020 Architect are offering a free, no obligation feasibility.

To get in touch with 2020 Architects and register your interest in protecting your land visit  Alternatively email;  or tel; 028 2766 7999.