Derry City & Strabane - The Local Development Plan Explained




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The Local Development Plan Explained

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

We, as the LDP Team 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 2030.

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 2030   

  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 1986 – 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 1986-2001