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Local Development Plan

We are responsible for developing a Local Development Plan for Belfast, working with local people, to create a clear vision of how the council area should develop and what it will look like in the years to come.

The Local Development Plan will:

  • provide a 15-year plan framework to support economic and social needs in the city, 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 the wellbeing of the community
  • allocate sufficient land to meet the needs of the city
  • 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
  • provide a plan-led framework for rational and consistent decision making by the public, private and community sectors and those affected by development proposals
  • deliver the spatial aspects of The Belfast Agenda, the city's community plan.

Ongoing engagement and community consultation is an important element and these stages are set out in our Statement of Community Involvement.

Statement of Community Involvement 

The purpose of the Statement of Community Involvement is to set out our policy for involving the community in the production of Belfast’s LDP and the consideration of planning applications. It describes who, how and when the community will be invited to participate in the different stages of both LDP formulation and the determination of planning applications.

The document will support and supplement the commitments in our Equality Scheme and our responsibilities to consult under Section 75 of the Northern Ireland Act 1998 and represents a further step towards embedding meaningful consultation into our planning and decision-making processes.

The Statement of Community Involvement was adopted by Belfast City Council on 4 April 2016 and approved by the Department for Infrastructure on 11 May 2016. This has since been revised. The revised SCI was agreed by Council on 4 December 2017 and approved by the Department for Infrastructure on 29 March 2018. In accordance with Regulation 7 of the Planning (Statement of Community Involvement) Regulations (NI) 2015, Belfast City Council. 

The Local Development Plan (LDP) Timetable

The Local Development Plan (LDP) Timetable sets out the key stages and indicative timescales in the process to produce the Belfast City LDP 2035. It will help to make sure that the plan process is efficiently managed and that the key stakeholders, including the consultation bodies and the Planning Appeals Commission (PAC), are kept informed and can manage their own resources.

On 1 June 2016, Belfast City Council adopted its Local Development Plan Timetable, which was previously approved by the Department for Infrastructure on 11 May 2016. This has since been revised.  The revised Local Development Plan Timetable was agreed by Council on 4 December 2017 and approved by the Department for Infrastructure on 29 March 2018.

Preferred Options Paper (POP)

We published a Preferred Options Paper (POP) for consultation from 26 January to 20 April 2017 as part of the Local Development Plan process. It was intended to promote debate on issues of strategic significance which are likely to influence the preparation of our new Local Development Plan. It was also an opportunity for the public and other key stakeholders to shape the future plan. 

The POP outlined:

  • the vision, objectives and key planning issues affecting the city,
  • possible options on how to deliver new development and planned growth,
  • what our preferred options are, and the rationale for that preference.

To view all documents associated with the Preferred Options Paper, Sustainability Appraisal, Equality Impact Assessment and supporting documents, visit our Preferred Options Paper consultation webpage.

Preferred Options Paper (POP) Public Consultation Report 

We carefully considered all consultation responses and have presented these in the POP Public Consultation Report.

The report provides a summary of the representations received relating to the vision and strategic aims as well as highlighting the responses to the preferred options. 

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If you have any queries regarding the processing of your personal data or wish to withdraw your consent to the processing of it, please contact Belfast Planning Service on 028 9050 0510.

If you wish to contact the council’s Data Protection Officer, please write to: 

Belfast City Council, 
City Hall Belfast, 
BT1 5GS 

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Belfast Planning Service
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