Mid Ulster District Council Local Plan Begins to Take Shape

Mid Ulster District Council Local Plan Begins to Take Shape

Mid Ulster District Council is currently preparing a new Local Development Plan and interested parties are being asked to register their initial views during a 12 week public consultation process initiated by the Council.

The Council’s Development Plan is vitally important as it will set out how land throughout the area should be used between now and 2030.  This will directly impact all landowners and anyone planning to buy or develop land in the Mid Ulster District Council area in the coming years.

Previously, Areas Plans were produced centrally by the Department of Environment. However, the transfer of planning powers in April 2015 now means that local Councils are now taking the lead in the preparation of their own Local Development Plan.

While each plan is expected to take a number of years to finalise, the preparation process is beginning to gather pace across all Councils with Mid Ulster among the first leading the way.

The Council published a ‘Preferred Options Paper’ on 7th November which sets out broad issues and ideas for development and provides the basis for consulting with the public and stakeholders over the next 12 weeks.

The consultation process is expected to draw significant interest from land owners and developers across Mid Ulster as they seek to engage with the Council on the potential options which have been set out at this stage.

Richard Bowman, Director at Strategic Planning, commented;

‘’The preparation of a Local Development Plan is one of the key tasks being undertaken by each of the new eleven Councils. This is because it effectively sets the agenda for development in the area over the course of the next 15 years.’’

‘’The devolution of planning powers to local Councils, and with it the responsibility to produce an Local Development Plan, ensures that local issues can be fully considered and taken into account with the idea being that planning  and development can be shaped by local people.’’

‘’Therefore, if you are a land owner or have an interest in how your District is to be developed, it is important that you get involved. The public consultation on the Mid Ulster Preferred Options Paper provides the opportunity to input into this process at the earliest possible stage.’’

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