|Local Development Plan – draft Plan Strategy|
|Local Development Plan - draft Plan Strategy summary|
An easy read 12 page summary of the draft Plan Strategy.
|Local Development Plan - draft Plan Strategy leaflet|
This leaflet summarises the draft plan strategy.
Equality Impact Assessment
The second phase EQIA is on the draft Plan Strategy. The EQIA considers how equality of opportunity can be promoted through the implementation of the draft LDP policies. The draft EQIA report considers how each policy in the draft Plan Strategy might have an effect on the statutory groups set out in Section 75 of the Northern Ireland Act 1998 and, in addition, any potential impacts on good relations, having regard to the scope of the LDP and the key inequalities that the draft Plan Strategy can influence.
The draft EQIA will be finalised following public consultation and the adoption of the Plan Strategy. It will also help to shape equality assessment going forward in the third phase of the LDP process – the Local Policies Plan.
Sustainability appraisal incorporating Strategic Environmental Assessment
- DPS003 Sustainability Appraisal non-technical summary – August 2018
- DPS004 Sustainability Appraisal Report – August 2018
- DPS004A Sustainability Appraisal Appendices 1-6 – August 2018
- DPS004B Sustainability Appraisal Appendices 7-9 – August 2018
- DPS004C Sustainability Appraisal Appendices 10-11 – August 2018
- DPS004D Sustainability Appraisal Appendix 12 – August 2018
- DPS005 Sustainability Appraisal Scoping Report – August 2018
- DPS005A Sustainability Appraisal Scoping Report Appendices – August 2018
A sustainability appraisal is a systematic process that must be carried out during the preparation of a Local Plan. Its role is to promote sustainable development by assessing the extent to which the emerging plan, when judged against reasonable alternatives, will help to achieve relevant environmental, economic and social objectives. It can help make sure that the proposals in the plan are the most appropriate given the reasonable alternatives. It can be used to test the evidence underpinning the plan and help to demonstrate how the tests of soundness have been met.
|The Habitat Regulations Assessment|
The Habitats Regulations Assessment is required by The Conservation (Natural Habitats) Regulations (Northern Ireland) 1995 (as amended). It has been undertaken by the Shared Environmental Service on behalf of Belfast City Council in respect of the Belfast Local Development Plan 2035 in accordance with the Habitats Directive (Council Directive 92/43/EEC).
The technical supplements therefore update this baseline position from the Topic papers developed for the Preferred Options Paper and sets out the evidence base that has informed each of the policies within the draft Plan Strategy. Whilst each of the technical supplements can be read separately, there are inevitably some important interrelated matters and background evidence.
- DPS007_Technical Supplement 1- Population
- DPS008_Technical Supplement 2- Housing
- DPS009_Technical Supplement 3- Employment and economy
- DPS010_Technical Supplement 4- Belfast city centre and retailing
- DPS011_Technical Supplement 5- Tourism
- DPS012_Technical Supplement 6- Urban design and built heritage
- DPS013_Technical Supplement 7- Natural heritage
- DPS014_Technical Supplement 8- Open space, sport and outdoor recreation
- DPS015_Technical Supplement 9- Flood risk
- DPS016_Technical Supplement 10- Public services (health, education and community)
- DPS017_Technical Supplement 11- Minerals
- DPS018_Technical Supplement 12- Development in the countryside
- DPS019_Technical Supplement 13- Renewable energy
- DPS020_Technical Supplement 14- Transportation
- DPS021_Technical Supplement 15- Public utilities
- DPS022_Technical Supplement 16- Environmental issues
- DPS023_Technical Supplement 17- Transitional plan period designations
- DPS023A_Map 01: Areas of high scenic value
- DPS023B_Map 02: Areas of outstanding natural beauty
- DPS023C_Map 03: Areas of parking restraint (city core)
- DPS023D_Map 04: Areas of parking restraint (fringe area)
- DPS023E_Map 05: Areas of townscape character
- DPS023F_Map 06: Arterial routes
- DPS023G_Map 07: Belfast harbour area
- DPS023H_Map 08: Belfast hills access points
- DPS023I_Map 09: Belfast hills operational area
- DPS023J_Map 10: Belfast metropolitan area coastal area
- DPS023K_Map 11: City centre
- DPS023L_Map 12: Commercial nodes and area of parking restraint on arterial routes
- DPS023M_Map 13: Community greenways
- DPS023N_Map 14: District centres
- DPS023O_Map 15: Employments areas
- DPS023P_Map 16: Houses in Multiple Occupation (HMO) development nodes
- DPS023Q_Map 17: Houses in Multiple Occupation (HMO) policy areas
- DPS023R_Map 18: Lagan Valley Regional Park area
- DPS023S_Map 19: Lagan Valley Regional Park nodes
- DPS023T_Map 20: Landscape wedges
- DPS023U_Map 21: Local centres
- DPS023V_Map 22: Local landscape policy areas
- DPS023W_Map 23: Local nature reserves
- DPS023X_Map 24: Primary retail core
- DPS023Y_Map 25: Primary retail frontage
- DPS023Z_Map 26: Queens office area
- DPS023AA_Map 27: Settlement developments limits
- DPS023AB_Map 28: Shopping and commercial areas on arterial routes
- DPS023AC_Map 29: Sites of local nature conservation importance
- DPS023AD_Map 30: Stormont Office node
You can also use our online map portal to view the existing zonings and designations of relevance to the draft Plan Strategy:
- Belfast Local Development Plan (LDP) 2035 Plan Strategy map viewer (link opens in new window)
|Housing Market Analysis update, Belfast City Council Area, NIHE, September 2017|
|The Housing Executive published 11 Housing Market Analysis (HMA) from 2011 to 2013. This included the Belfast Metropolitan Housing Market, the largest housing market in Northern Ireland. These HMAs were not based on council boundaries, but on housing market areas, defined using Travel to Work Areas.
The Housing Market Analysis (HMA) update provides an update on the Belfast Metropolitan HMA, by examining the current housing market and housing issues. Unlike the original Belfast HMA, this focuses on the Belfast City Council area, in order to provide an accessible evidence base which can be referred to when taking decisions on housing and planning strategies, at the council level.
|Housing growth options report – Belfast City Population and Housing Growth Study, Turley, October 2016|
|The Belfast housing growth options report considers the future population and housing growth of Belfast, with a reasonable range of potential population and household growth scenarios presented. It was published as part of the Preferred Options Paper (POP) consultation.|
|Size and type of housing needed – addendum to the Belfast City housing growth options report, Turley, November 2017|
|This Addendum to the housing growth options report (see above) provides additional detail on the size and type of housing likely to be required in Belfast under the recommended growth scenario. This was commissioned following broad support received for the level of growth proposed as part of the Preferred Options Paper consultation.|
|Residential densities: A comparative study, April 2017|
|The study defines and compares residential densities across a number of schemes that help outline and establish appropriate thresholds for sustainable residential development.|
|Belfast City Council – Urban Capacity study, Arup, March 2018|
|The Urban Capacity study is an important part of the evidence base for the LDP. It provides a high-level assessment of the potential capacity to accommodate future housing and economic development within the district, including the type of housing and density of development appropriate to each site.||PDFs|
|Belfast Housing Land Availability (Housing Monitor), Belfast City Council|
|The Housing Monitor measures how many additional homes are built in the city each year. It helps to inform the preparation of our new LDP, contributing to future decisions about where houses should be built. Summary reports are published annually.||HTML|
|Retail and leisure capacity study|
|The retail and leisure capacity study provides guidance on the capacity for new retail and leisure development in Belfast, as well as strategic and operational advice relating to the scale, nature and location of this development over the plan period.|
|Office sector study|
The office study sets out the existing policy context and provides an overview of the various office locations within the city. It analyses the current office market, including overall supply and demand. It also measures the uptake of office floor space in the city centre and compares this to forecast demand, to project the floor space requirements for this sector over the plan period.
|Assessing employment space requirements|
The Assessing Employment Space Requirements document considers how the demand for employment space is likely to be affected by forecast employment growth in Belfast. It was published as part of the Preferred Options Paper (POP) consultation.
|Rural Needs Impact Assessment|
The Rural Needs Act (NI) 2016 (the Act) provides a statutory duty on public authorities to have due regard to rural needs when developing, adopting, implementing or revising policies, strategies and plans, and when designing and delivering public services.
The Countryside Assessment provides an overview of the existing environmental assets in the Belfast City Council area and how these are protected. It includes an environmental assets appraisal, a landscape assessment, a development pressure analysis, and a settlement appraisal.
If you have any queries on accessing the documentation, contact the Planning Office at email@example.com