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Have your say on Planning Department’s grand designs

19 October 2016

Have you ever wanted to give your views and opinions on a new city development?  Now you can thanks to Derry City and Strabane District Council’s Planning Department and a new innovative on-line facility!

The new facility, launched by the Council this week, invites the public to leave their feedback and views on selected planning applications.  The project is part of the EU ‘IMPROVE’ pilot project, which aims to facilitate the public in assisting your Council to co- produce better public services.

As part of the scheme, planning officials will be featuring certain applications that are considered especially worthy of public feedback due to their proposed prominent location, setting or design.
Designs for proposed buildings and public realm artwork across the District will feature in the coming weeks, including a new apartment block proposed for development on the riverfront in Derry, close to the Craigavon Bridge.  

Encouraging the public to get involved in the process, Jonny McNee, Senior Planning Officer with the Council’s Planning Department said the online facility is a great way of engaging with the public and to help Council plan positively for the future of the Council area.

All you have to do is visit the Council’s Planning website at www.derrystrabane.com/planning and click on Development Management and select the IMPROVE button. Then look at the proposed design drawings and let us know what you think.

Your comments will assist Council’s planning officials as they work with agents, developers, architects to obtain the best possible design and built development for the District. Please note, any comments left will not be treated as an official representation (either objection or support) to each specific proposal.

At this stage, Planning officials are keen just to hear your design thoughts and suggestions as they seek to gauge public reaction to these important proposals. Each IMPROVE consultation will be posted for 1 week only – so Council urges that you submit your comments now!

The launch comes just weeks following the launch of the Local Development Plan (LDP), which will enable the physical delivery of many of the planning issues that have been raising as part of Council’s ongoing Community Plan and DEA Community Plans consultations.

Each week, a number of important LDP planning topics are up for discussion and planning officials want to hear your views on these issues. So go to www.derrystrabane.com/planning and click on Local Development Plan and tell us what you think. You’ll be shaping the LDP right from the start to make it relevant to you and your neighbourhood.