Council publishes revised SCI and Local Development Plan Timetable
07 December 2021
Derry City and Strabane District Council has published a revised Statement of Community Involvement (SCI) for Council's Local Development Plan (LDP 2032) and Development Management functions.
The SCI sets out the policy for involving and engaging the community in the production of the LDP, in the consideration of Planning applications and in Planning enforcement.
The Council has also published a revised Timetable for the preparation of the LDP and includes details of the key stages in the process. The LDP will set out all the Council's Planning policies and land use zonings within Derry City and Strabane District up to 2032, replacing the Derry Area Plan 2011, and the Strabane Area Plan, 2001.
Head of Planning with the Council, Maura Fox, explained more: "Community engagement is a critical element of how the Council considers and decides on the many Planning applications, as well as in the preparation of the LDP. Council has considered the responses received to the earlier LDP consultations and has agreed to make a number of Changes to the LDP draft Plan Strategy, which are also being publicly consulted upon shortly, prior to the LDP's formal submission to the Department for Infrastructure and the Planning Appeals Commission. These stages are reflected in the Revised SCI and Timetable.
"It is important that the Council updates the public on how and when they can become involved in the Planning decision-making processes. The Revised SCI recognises that we are now making all of our documents available online and people are mostly commenting via emails, but the Council will still facilitate the community to become involved with alternative arrangements being made where appropriate."
The Revised Statement of Community Involvement and the LDP Timetable are available to view online at the Derry City and Strabane District Council website at the following link: www.derrystrabane.com/sci
or at the Council's offices, strictly by appointment only. Arrangements will be made for an appointment, or alternative arrangements can be made.