Armagh City, Banbridge and Craigavon Borough Council publishes 'Local Development Plan' Preferred Options Paper

Armagh City, Banbridge and Craigavon Borough Council publishes 'Local Development Plan' Preferred Options Paper

Armagh City, Banbridge and Craigavon Borough Council is the latest local authority to publish a Preferred Options Paper (POP) as part of its Local Development Plan (LDP) process.

It is envisaged that the Council's LDP will:

  • provide a 15 year plan framework to support economic and social needs in the borough, in line with regional strategies and policies, while providing the delivery of sustainable development
  • facilitate growth by coordinating public and private investment to encourage development where it can be of most benefit to our community
  • allocate sufficient land to meet the needs of the borough
  • provide an opportunity for all stakeholders, including the public, to have a say about where and how development within the local area should take place
  • deliver the spatial aspects of the council’s community plan

The POP is the first of three public consultation documents that the Council will issue during the LDP process. It marks the end of Stage 1 – Initial Plan Preparation.

A period of public consultation is open on the POP, running from Wednesday 28 March 2018 until Wednesday 30 May 2018 (at 5pm).

The main purpose of the POP is to promote focused debate on key issues of strategic significance which are likely to influence the direction of future development within the Borough up to 2030. It outlines the vision and strategic objectives of the Plan, along with a set of key issues and the possible options available to address them.

The Council’s preferred options are indicated in the Paper along with its reasoning behind them. The key issues have emerged from its evidence base; from engagement with Elected Members and Section 75 Groups; and from formal and informal consultation with Statutory Consultation Bodies.

Feedback on the public consultation will inform the preparation of the Draft Plan Strategy, the next stage in the process (and the next public consultation document).

Richard Bowman, Director of Planning at Strategic Planning has advised landowners and developers to engage with the Council's consultation process as early as possible.

"Early engagement with the Council on the Local Plan Process is essential if you are serious about making as strong a case as possible for your land and property interests.

"We are happy to provide landowners and developers with advice and to produce representations in response to the POP on their behalf to help ensure their interests are protected.

"I would encourage anyone with land in the Armagh City, Banbridge and Craigavon Borough Council area to get in touch with Strategic Planning for professional advice on the contents of the POP and how best to engage with the consultation process."

For an initial conversation about Armagh City, Banbridge and Craigavon Borough Council's LDP process and how it might affect you, call our office on 028 9042 5222 or email Richard at rbowman@strategicplanning.uk.com.

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