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LDP DRAFT PLAN STRATEGY​ RE-CONSULTATION DEADLINE APPROACHES

19 October 2020

The public re-consultation period for the Local Development Plan(LDP) for Derry City and Strabane District is coming to a close, with final responses due in by Friday 6th November 2020.

 The Council's LDP draft Plan Strategy was already published in December 2019, followed by a consultation period which ended in January 2020. However, an issue over the timing of that period, means that this further consultation period is now being undertaken. This gives an additional opportunity for people to submit representations, though there have been no changes to the contents of the previously consulted draft Plan Strategy or any of its associated documents.

 Anyone with an interest in Planning issues is urged to check out these LDP documents over these remaining weeks; they can either confirm that that they wish their previously submitted representation to be carried forward unchanged or alternatively, any additional or revised representations may also now be submitted during this re-consultation period. Please use the on-line Representation form at the following link to make your submission:

https://www.derrystrabane.com/getmedia/18adf031-a2dc-491b-98a5-80c77673a416/Final-LDP-Reps-2-Re-Consultation-form-2020_1.pdf

 The draft Plan Strategy for the Local Development Plan marks the next stage in the process of developing an overarching policy document for all issues concerning local Planning and development.

 The Plan is wide-ranging in its scope, guiding land use and setting out the Planning policies and proposals for the use, development and protection of our settlements and countryside. It has the capacity to help the Council achieve some of its key priorities including mitigating against climate change, conserving our rich built heritage and meeting social housing demand.

The LDP is closely aligned to the Strategic Growth Plan (Community Plan) and its aim to deliver 9,000 new, quality homes by 2032 at sustainable locations with all the necessary infrastructure, services and facilities. The new LDP will contribute directly to the outcomes of the Growth Plan and once adopted will be used to determine all Planning applications across Derry and Strabane. The (LDP) Plan Strategy sets out the proposed LDP vision, the LDP objectives, as well as the proposed Growth Strategy and the Hierarchy of Settlements for the District.

The public re-consultation on the draft Plan Strategy offers the opportunity for the public to consider the robustness of the Strategy proposals before it is submitted to the Department for Infrastructure (DfI) for independent examination to test the soundness of the Strategy.

Following the results of the current consultation, the comments will be considered by the Council and then DfI will appoint an Independent Examiner to test the 'soundness' of the draft Plan Strategy.

Representations on the re-consultation documents can be submitted up until Friday 6th November, 2020. The full Plan Strategy documents are available at www.derrystrabane.com/ldp Alternatively, hard copies of the draft Plan Strategy and its associated Evidence Base and Assessments can be viewed, strictly by appointment only due to COVID 19 restrictions, during normal opening hours at the Council offices in Derry or Strabane.

 

RE-CONSULTATION ON DRAFT PLAN STRATEGY

11 September 2020

Derry City and Strabane District Council will be undertaking a period of re-consultation on the draft Plan Strategy (dPS) of the Local Development Plan 2032 (LDP). The re-consultation will run for a period of 8 weeks from 11th September to 6th November 2020.

The Council’s LDP draft Plan Strategy was already published in December 2019, followed by a consultation period which ended in January 2020. However, a procedural error has been identified so this further consultation period is now being undertaken. All those who previously submitted a representation will be written to separately. Any additional or revised representations may now be submitted during this re-consultation period. Further details can be found HERE 

 

LDP Consultation cancelled

20 March 2020

The consultation for Counter Representations to the LDP Draft Plan Strategy, which commenced on 5th March and was due to end on 30th April 2020, has had to be cancelled. This is due to the current situation with Coronavirus, particularly with the closure of the Council’s offices preventing public access to view the hard copy Representations. Therefore, this consultation for Counter Representations will be re-run in due course, being advertised accordingly at that time.

 

THE CONSULTATION PERIOD FOR REPRESENTATION TO THE LDP DRAFT PLAN STRATEGY CLOSED ON MONDAY 27th JANUARY 2020. 

The representations received in response to the public consultation on the draft Plan Strategy and associated Sustainability Appraisal are now available for inspection on this website Viewing Representations and making a Counter Representation and will also be available to view, during normal opening hours, from 5th March to 30th April 2020 at the following Council Offices:

Derry – Council Offices, 98 Strand Rd, Derry, BT48 7NN;

Strabane – 47 Derry Rd, Strabane, BT82 8DY

Following the recent closure of the representation period, there is now the opportunity for the submission of counter representations. The consultation period for the submission of counter representations will run Thursday 5th  March to Thursday 30th April 2020.

Consultation on LDP Draft Plan Strategy Representations opens today

March 5, 2020​

The next phase of the process to produce the Local Development Plan to inform all Planning decisions across Derry City and Strabane District launches this week.

A public consultation opens today, March 5, running until April 30th, inviting the submission of counter representations to responses received during the previous public consultation on the draft Plan Strategy.

The LDP draft Plan Strategy was published in December 2019 followed by a formal eight-week public consultation period. The representations received regarding the Strategy and associated Sustainability Appraisal can now be viewed on the Council website.

Head of Planning with Derry City and Strabane District Council, Maura Fox, explained more about the process. “The (LDP) Plan Strategy sets out the proposed Local Development Plan vision, its objectives, as well as the proposed Growth Strategy and the Hierarchy of Settlements for the District. The LDP is huge in its scope, addressing all issues of Planning, guiding land use and setting out the policies and proposals for the use, development and protection of our settlements and countryside.

“The counter-representation period is an opportunity for interested parties to consider potential changes proposed by representations to the draft Plan Strategy and allow comments to be made on those representations.

“A counter-representation may be made regarding an existing representation and all feedback is welcome. We are delighted at the level of public engagement to date, ensuring the final Plan reflects the expectations and expertise of a wide range of industry professionals and the wider public.”

Once the eight-week period for the submission of counter representations has closed on April 30, the Council will collate and analyse all representations and counter representations received during the respective consultation periods and will publish an LDP draft Plan Strategy Representations Report in due course.

When the Council is satisfied that the draft Plan Strategy is ready for Independent Examination, all relevant documents, including representations and counter representations and consideration of these will be forwarded to the Department for Infrastructure (DfI) and Planning Appeals Commission (PAC) for its assessment of ‘soundness’.

Anyone considering submitting a counter-representation is advised to read DfI’s guidance on soundness in Development Plan Practice Note (DPPN) 06 (See https://www.planningni.gov.uk/index/advice/practice-notes/common-newpage-9. htm)

Also the PAC’s guidance entitled ‘Procedures for Independent Examination of Local Development Plans’ available on their website

www. pacni.gov.uk or https://www.pacni.gov.uk/sites/pacni/files/media-files/LDPexam%20-%20May%202017.pdf

The Representations are available to view at the Council’s main offices in Derry and in Strabane, as well as online at the Council’s website: www.DerryStrabane.com/LDP

Counter Representations can be made using the response form (available online or at the Council offices). Completed forms must be received by the 30th April 2020, to the Council’s Planning Department at 98 Strand Road, Derry or by e-mail to : [email protected]

LDP draft Plan Strategy - Consultation deadline approaches

​​January 9, 2020

The public consultation period for one of the most significant strategic plans for the Derry City and Strabane District is coming to a close, with final responses due in by Monday January 27, 2020.

The draft Plan Strategy for the Local Development Plan was launched on December 2, marking the next stage in the process of developing an overarching policy document for all issues concerning local Planning and development.

The Plan is huge in its scope, guiding land use and setting out the policies and proposals for the use, development and protection of our settlements and countryside. It has the capacity to help Council achieve some of its key priorities including mitigating against Climate change, celebrating and conserving our rich built heritage, and meeting social housing demand.

The LDP is closely aligned to the Strategic Growth Plan (Community Plan) and its aim to deliver 9,000 new, quality homes by 2032 at sustainable locations with all the necessary infrastructure, services and facilities.

The new framework will contribute directly to the outcomes of the Growth Plan and once adopted will be used to determine all planning applications across Derry and Strabane. The (LDP) Plan Strategy sets out the proposed LDP vision, the LDP objectives, as well as the proposed Growth Strategy and the Hierarchy of Settlements for the District.

The public consultation on the draft Plan Strategy offers the opportunity for the public to consider the robustness of the Strategy proposals before it is submitted to the Department for Infrastructure (DfI) for independent examination to test the soundness of the Strategy.

Speaking after the launch of the consultation, Head of Planning with Derry City and Strabane District Council, Maura Fox, said: “The overall aim of the LDP is to create better communities, maximise opportunities for housing and settlements, employment land, strong city / town centres and to conserve and enhance our environment. But we want to do this responsibly by establishing best practice in terms of how we deliver the infrastructure, housing, retail provision, and conservation projects needed to improve Derry and Strabane.”

“The Council considers this LDP Plan Strategy to be ‘sound’. I would invite anyone with an interest in Planning issues to view the draft Strategy documents and submit any objections, or indeed support, before the deadline date.

The LDP Draft Plan Strategy has been informed by the Council’s LDP Preferred Options Paper which offered a series of options for dealing with key issues in the Plan area and was previously the subject of widespread public and stakeholder consultation.

Following the results of the current consultation, the comments will be considered by the Council and then DfI will appoint an Independent Examiner to test the ‘soundness’ of the draft Plan Strategy.

Representations on the consultation document can be submitted up until Monday January 27, 2020. The full Plan Strategy document is available at www.derrystrabane.com/ldp Hard copies are also available at the Council offices in Derry or Strabane, as well as at libraries, leisure centres, etc. across the District.

Local Development Plan (LDP) draft Plan Strategy for DCSDC is launched by Mayor

2nd December 2019

The Mayor of Derry City and Strabane District, Councillor Michaela Boyle, today launched the draft Plan Strategy for one of the most significant policy documents to be produced by Council, the Local Development Plan (LDP).

The Plan is huge in its scope, addressing all issues of Planning, guiding land use and setting out the policies and proposals for the use, development and protection of our settlements and countryside. It has the capacity to help Council achieve some of its key priorities including mitigating against Climate change, celebrating and conserving our rich built heritage, and meeting social housing demand.

The LDP is closely aligned to the Strategic Growth Plan (Community Plan) and its aim to deliver 9,000 new, quality homes by 2032 at sustainable locations with all the necessary infrastructure, services and facilities. A public consultation on the draft Plan Strategy begins today, and local people are invited to give their views on how the future of Planning policy will develop.

The new framework will contribute directly to the outcomes of the Growth Plan and once adopted will be used to determine all planning applications across Derry and Strabane. The (LDP) Plan Strategy sets out the proposed LDP vision, the LDP objectives, as well as the proposed Growth Strategy and the Hierarchy of Settlements for the District.

Speaking at today’s launch, Mayor of Derry City and Strabane District, Councillor Michaela Boyle, praised the work that had been completed to date on the plan.

“This is a very significant document in terms of its potential to transform our surroundings directly impacting on the wellbeing of all who live here. We want to create better communities, maximise opportunities for housing and settlements and conserve and enhance our environment. But we want to do this responsibly by establishing best practice in terms of how we deliver the infrastructure, housing, retail provision, and conservation projects needed to improve Derry and Strabane.

“I just want to acknowledge the intensive work of the Planning team which has gone into the Plan to date and encourage everyone to review the draft Plan Strategy and give their input at this important stage of the process.”

Speaking at the launch, Head of Planning with the Council, Maura Fox, said: “The Local Development Plan offers a real opportunity to shape the future of Planning and the policies that will enable Council’s Planning team to oversee responsible and positive development encouraging investment, co-ordinating infrastructure and protecting the local environment.

“It covers every aspect of Planning and its impact on social, economic and environmental wellbeing and we want to realise the LDP vision of balanced and appropriate high-quality development whilst protecting our environment. Much work has gone into the development of the LDP draft Plan Strategy and anyone who has concerns about it should submit their objections at this consultation stage.

The LDP Draft Plan Strategy sets out the Council’s strategic Planning objectives, designations and policies for the District in line with regional strategies and policies. The strategy has been informed by the Council’s LDP Preferred Options Paper which offered a series of options for dealing with key issues in the Plan area and was the subject of widespread public and stakeholder consultation.

It sets out the proposed LDP vision, then the LDP objectives, followed by the proposed overall Growth Strategy and the Hierarchy of Settlements for the District.

The Plan is accompanied by a number of legislatively required appraisal documents, namely the Sustainability Appraisal, the draft Habitats Regulations Assessment, Equality Impact Assessment and Rural Needs Impact Assessment. Following the results of the consultation, DfI will appoint an Independent Examiner to test the ‘soundness’ of the draft Plan Strategy.

Feedback on the consultation document can be submitted up until Monday January 27, 2020. The full Plan Strategy document is available at www.derrystrabane.com/ldp and a number of public meetings and workshops will take place throughout December and January.

 

LocaL Development Plan Revised Timetable released

22nd July 2019

Derry City and Strabane District Council has formally revised the Timetable for the production of the Derry City and Strabane District Local Development Plan (LDP) 2032.

The new Timetable clearly sets out when the Council expects to reach key stages of the process, from the initial stages of the Preferred Options Paper (May 2017) through to the preparation and adoption of the LDP Plan Strategy and the subsequent LDP Local Policies Plan. The next key stage will be the publication of the LDP draft Plan Strategy (dPS) in Autumn 2019  

The LDP, once complete, will replace both the Strabane Area Plan 2001 and the Derry Area Plan 2011.

The purpose of the LDP is to inform the general public, statutory authorities, developers and other interested parties of the policy framework and land use proposals that will guide development decisions within the District up to 2032. It will also provide certainty for those wishing to make investment decisions within the District.

The Council has also made the commitment to keep under review the Timetable for the preparation and adoption of the LDP

Welcoming the release of the revised Timetable, Mayor of Derry City and Strabane District Council spoke of the importance of the Local Development Plan in shaping the future of Derry and Strabane.

She said: “The LDP is a key policy document that 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 this District to 2032. I know many people have engaged with the LDP preparation process and I look forward to the publication of the draft Plan Strategy later in the year.  I welcome the revised Timetable which will soon deliver the next key stage of the LDP which will strategically plan for the future sustainable development of this District in line with our ambitious proposals as set out in the Strategic Growth Plan – Our Community Plan”.

Copies of the report are available for viewing at the Council offices in Derry (Strand Rd) and Strabane (Derry Rd) during normal office hours. Copies can also be viewed at the Council’s Leisure Centres across the District. Documents are also available on the LDP section of the Council website www.derrystrabane.com/sci

RETAIL MARKET RESEARCH SURVEY 

9th March 2018

Derry City and Strabane District Council is conducting a telephone survey about retail and leisure habits.

NEMS Market Research has been commissioned to conduct the survey, which will begin on 9th March 2018. Households chosen to take part in the survey have been randomly selected. The aim of the survey is to help build an understanding of residents’ shopping and leisure behavior and the amount of money available for these. 

Derry City and Strabane District Council would encourage all households who receive a call to take part as the information will be used to shape the Local Development Plan.

The surveys are aimed at those people who carry out the shopping in the household. Questions asked will relate to food and non-food shopping, internet shopping and leisure activities, and will take around six to seven minutes to complete. Calls may occur during the day, evening or at the weekend.

See more on the LDP at www.derrystrabane.com/ldp 

Derry City and Strabane District Council publish Preferred Options Paper (POP) Interim Representations Report

30th November 2017

Derry City and Strabane District Council published the Preferred Options Paper (POP) on 31st May 2017 and held a 12 week consultation period over summer 2017. The POP provided the basis for consulting with the public and stakeholders on a series of options for dealing with key issues in the Plan area. The POP consultation and engagement took many forms in an effort to reach and encourage all citizens to engage in this significant stage of the Local Development plan preparation. Methods of consultation included public engagement events, advertisements and web-based consultation.

This Interim POP Representation Report has been prepared to provide the public and all those who provided representations with a summary of the key issues raised in response to the Council’s LDP Preferred Options Paper. In line with our published Statement of Community Involvement, a final public Representations Report will be presented and published in due course (at the time of the Plan Strategy and then at the Local Policies Plan) to advise how the Council has taken the representations into account in the preparation of the Derry City and Strabane District Local Development Plan.

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