Belfast 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.
Draft Plan Strategy
The draft Plan Strategy was published on Thursday 23 August 2018 and a formal consultation period ran from Thursday 20 September 2018 to Thursday 15 November 2018.
This short video describes what The Belfast Local Development Plan draft Plan Strategy consultation stage was about and its objectives.
The draft Plan Strategy sets out the overall aspirations for the future development of Belfast and policies to be used in assessing planning applications.
The draft Plan Strategy was published on Thursday 23 August 2018 and a formal consultation period ran from Thursday 20 September 2018 to Thursday 15 November 2018. View our draft Plan Strategy and supporting documentation.
Find information on The Preferred Options Paper (POP), which went out for consultation from 26 January to 20 April 2017 as part of our Local Development Plan process. Consultation responses were carefully considered and have been presented in the POP Public Consultation Report.
Find information on our policy for involving the community in the production of our Local Development Plan and the consideration of planning applications.
Read about the key stages and indicative timescales in the process to produce our Local Development Plan.
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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.
Belfast City Council adopted its initial Local Development Plan Timetable on 1 June 2016, following approval by the Department of Infrastructure (DfI).
The timetable was first revised in March 2018. It has now been subject to a further revision, approved by DfI in November 2018.
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