Local Development Plans
Responsibility for planning transferred to local councils from the former Department of Environment in April 2015. Since then, the eleven local councils have been working towards the development of their Local Development Plans (LDP).
The LDP will influence the spatial development of the Council areas and provide a policy framework for the future development of the area. It will inform the general public, statutory authorities, developers and other interested bodies of the policy framework and land use proposals that will guide development decisions within specified areas.
Four key stages
There are four key stages in the LDP process:
- Initial Plan Preparation - Preferred Options Paper
- Preparation and Adoption of Plan Strategy
- Preparation and Adoption of Local Policies Plan
- Monitoring and Review
To inform planning policies on minerals development and the management of abandoned mines hazards, Minerals and Petroleum Branch and GSNI have been, and will continue, to engage with Local Councils as they develop their LDPs.
Reponses to council plans
A copy of the Department's Minerals information paper which issued to all Councils to inform preparation of the mineral development sections of their plans can be accessed at:
A copy of the responses provided to each council can be accessed by clicking on the relevant council link below.
- Antrim and Newtownabbey Borough Council
- Armagh City, Banbridge and Craigavon Borough Council
- Belfast City Council
- Causeway Coast and Glens Borough Council
- Derry and Strabane District Council
- Fermanagh and Omagh District Council
- Lisburn and Castlereagh City Council
- Mid and East Antrim Borough Council
- Mid Ulster District Council
- Newry, Mourne and Down District Council
- North Down and Ards Borough Council - documents will be provided once Planning Options published by Council