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Local Development Plan (LDP) 2032



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LDP Reps and Counter Reps are available for inspection

2nd February 2021

Derry City and Strabane District Council’s Local Development Plan (LDP) draft Plan Strategy was published in December 2019, followed by a public consultation period which ended in January 2020. A further period of re-consultation was also held from September to November 2020. A total of approximately 250 Representations were received.

Those Representations were made available for public inspection from 27th November 2020 and Counter Representations could be submitted, up to 22nd January 2021. Seven Counter Representations were received, relating to 12 of the earlier Representations.

In accordance with the requirements of Regulations 17 and 19 of The Planning (Local Development Plan) Regulations (NI) 2015, all Representations and Counter Representations received in response to the consultations on the LDP draft Plan Strategy and associated Sustainability Appraisal are now available for inspection via the following link: Reps & Counter Reps to the LDP  Draft Plan Strategy.

They will also be available for inspection during normal office opening hours, strictly by appointment only due to COVID 19 restrictions, from Tuesday 2nd February 2021, at the Council’s two main offices at 98 Strand Road, Derry, BT48 7NN and 47 Derry Road, Strabane, Co. Tyrone, BT82 8DY. If you do require to inspect the Reps or Counter Reps in hard copy, please write to us or submit an email to the [email protected] or telephone the LDP Team during normal office hours on 028 71 253253. Arrangements will be made for an appointment.

The consultations for Representations and Counter Representations are now closed.

30th July 2021   Revision of the Statement of Community Involvement (SCI) and the LDP Timetable

The Representations and Counter Representations have now been nearly all considered by the Council’s Planning Officers and Members. It is intended to finalise this consideration immediately after the summer and subject to formal approval by the Council in September, a Revised LDP Timetable  and a Revised Statement of Community (SCI) will be published thereafter. Any Proposed Changes to the LDP draft Plan Strategy (dPS) will then be advertised in accordance with the Development Plan Practice Note (DPPN 10), following which the LDP dPS, together with the Representations, Proposed Changes and accompanying Submission documents, would be formally Submitted to DfI and hence the PAC in December or January.



LDP draft Plan Strategy (dPS)


Who we are?

On 1st April 2015, Planning powers transferred from the Department of the Environment (DOE) to the Derry City and Strabane District Council. 

The Council now also has powers of Local Development Plan (LDP), Development Management and Enforcement which it will implement in cases where planning laws have been breached.

The LDP Team, together with senior Council officers and the elected Members of the Council (Planning Committee), are responsible for producing the LDP for our District.

What is LDP?

The purpose of the Derry City and Strabane District LDP, is to inform the general public, statutory authorities, developers and other interested bodies of the policy framework and land use proposals that will implement the strategic objectives of the Regional Development Strategy and guide development decisions within Derry City and Strabane District up to 2032.

Our new LDP will be prepared within the context of the Council’s Corporate Plan and will co-ordinate with the Community Planning process to enable us to plan positively for the future of our District. It will ensure that lands are appropriately zoned and that our infrastructure is enhanced to develop the District for future generations.

The LDP must also take account of the regional policy context set by the Northern Ireland Executive and Central Government Departments. This includes, amongst others, the Sustainable Development Strategy, Regional Development Strategy and the Strategic Planning Policy Statement - published in September 2015.

The LDP will comprise two separate documents that will shape development within our District over the period to 2032   

  1. The Plan Strategy
  2. The Local Policies Plan

The LDP will, on adoption of both its component plan documents, replace the Strabane Area Plan  2001 and the Derry Area Plan 2011 and the suite of Planning Policy Statements (PPS’s) that were produced by the Department of the Environment.


Until such times as the LDP is adopted, the relevant Area Plans currently applicable to our District are the Derry Area Plan 2011, adopted in May 2000 and the Strabane Area Plan 2001, adopted in April 1991.

Click on the following link to view an online version of the Derry Area Plan and its associated documents.

Download the Derry Area Plan 2011

Click on the following pdf to view an online version of the Strabane Area Plan.

Download the Strabane Area Plan 2001


The LDP Timetable has been formally revised, advertised and published in July 2019. The Timetable sets out Derry City and Strabane District Council's programme for the production of its Local Development Plan (LDP) and includes details of the key stages in the process.

At the Council’s Planning Committee on 25th March 2019, Members agreed to review and subsequently revise the LDP Workplan and Timetable which will deliver a published LDP draft Plan Strategy (dPS) in Autumn 2019.

View the Local Development Plan (LDP) Timetable July 2019

The LDP Timetable is due to be revised shortly. (July 2021)


The Council monitors the amount of housing land and number of units built together with the amount of economic land across the District as well as various environmental indicators. The annual Housing Monitor tracks the progress of housing completions across the District and provides the basis for informing how and where best to distribute housing across the settlement hierarchy. 
Housing Monitor sites are those which are identified as potentially suitable for residential development in prevailing development plans through zonings and any other urban sites that have been granted planning permission for residential development. Therefore, the Housing Monitor only relates to sites on zoned Housing land and planning approvals and is only within the respective settlement limits. 
The Council’s ongoing monitoring will contribute towards the legislative obligations to prepare an Annual Monitoring Report (AMR) which must contain information on the extent to which the objectives of the LDP are being achieved.  
The purpose of the Housing Monitor is to:
  • Monitor the course of housing development in settlements with regard to the Regional Development Strategy (RDS);
  • Monitor progress of housing developments in settlements in accordance with the provisions of prevailing Development Plans;
  • Inform the preparation of our new LDP with regard to the allocation of land for housing; and 
  • Provide information on the available potential for further housing development in settlements.    
A copy of the Council’s Housing Monitor for the 2014- 17 period can be accessed below.
A copy of the Council’s Housing Monitor for the 2018 – 19 period can be accessed below.




Please note that the NILUD database was set up for the former Derry City and Strabane District Councils – so the reports are still presented on this basis. In line with the new Council's LDP, these settlements will be merged in due course. 
Data contained in these Monitors is derived from planning permissions and from Building Control completions data through Land and Property Services (LPS).  
Derry City & Strabane District Council provides no warranty in relation to the accuracy for the information contained within these Monitors. Any person placing reliance on this data does so at their own risk.