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Draft Plan Strategy 2030

The Council has published its draft Plan Strategy, the first formal stage of the new Local Development Plan 2030, for public consultation.

The Antrim and Newtownabbey Local Development Plan (LDP) is the first to be brought forward by the Council since the transfer of planning powers to local government in 2015. It has been prepared under the new process for development plans introduced by the Planning (NI) Act 2011 and it will apply to the entire Antrim and Newtownabbey Borough area.

Draft Plan Strategy 2030

The draft Plan Strategy was published for a four-week period of pre-consultation running from 28 June 2019 to 25 July 2019. A formal period of public consultation ran from 26 July 2019 to 20 September 2019. 

All representations to the draft Plan Strategy were made publicly available for an 8-week period for counter representations which ran from Friday 11 October 2019 to Friday 6 December 2019.

Latest Consultation Update: January 2020


Public consultation on site-specific policy representations (counter representations)

We would like to thank everyone who responded to our latest draft Plan Strategy consultation. 

In accordance with Regulation 19 of the Planning (Local Development Plan) Regulations (Northern Ireland) 2015, all counter representations received have been published for inspection.

Hard copies of the counter representations received are available for inspection during normal office hours between 8.30 am and 5 pm Monday to Friday at our two principal Council offices:
  • Mossley Mill, Carnmoney Road North, Newtownabbey. BT36 5QA; and
  • Antrim Civic Centre, 50 Stiles Way, Antrim. BT41 2UB.
(please note these offices are closed on Bank Holidays)

There is no opportunity to make any further representations at this stage.

All the Counter Representations received in relation to this consultation can be accessed from the table below.
Counter Representation Reference Name of person making a  Counter Representation On Behalf of Related draft Plan Strategy Representation
LA03/DPS/CR/0123 Mr. Geoff Simon Dunadry Community Association  
LA03/DPS/CR/0124 Mr. John Doherty   LA03/DPS/0063
LA03/DPS/CR/0125   HED Department for Communities LA03/DPS/0094
LA03/DPS/CR/0126   HED Department for Communities LA03/DPS/0035
LA03/DPS/CR/0127   HED Department for Communities LA03/DPS/0110
LA03/DPS/CR/0128   HED Department for Communities Prefixed by LA03/DPS/
LA03/DPS/CR/0129   HED Department for Communities Prefixed by LA03/DPS/
LA03/DPS/CR/0130 Ms. Rachel Furlong ScottishPower Renewables  
LA03/DPS/CR/0131 RPS Group The Hyde Family LA032/DPS/0063
LA03/DPS/CR/0132 Gravis Planning Ms. Joyce Bill & Ms. Hazel Bill LA03/DPS/0015
LA03/DPS/CR/0133 Gravis Planning Ulster University LA03/DPS/0015
LA03/DPS/CR/0134 Gravis Planning Eastwood Estate Agents LA03/DPS/0015
LA03/DPS/CR/0135 Gravis Planning Corbo Properties LA03/DPS/0015
LA03/DPS/CR/0136 Gravis Planning Mr. Brian Mc Bride LA03/DPS/0015
LA03/DPS/CR/0137 One2One Planning NewRiver REIT LA03/DPS/0081
LA03/DPS/CR/0138 One2One Planning Mr. Sloan LA03/DPS/0109
LA03/DPS/CR/0139 WYG Planning Mr. Nigel Herdman LA03/DPS/0075
LA03/DPS/CR/0140 TSA Planning Belfast International Airport LA03/DPS/0101
LA03/DPS/CR/0141 TSA Planning Belfast International Airport LA03/DPS/0117
LA03/DPS/CR/0142 TSA Planning Belfast International Airport LA03/DPS/0118
LA03/DPS/CR/0143 TSA Planning Belfast International Airport LA03/DPS/0021
LA03/DPS/CR/0144 TSA Planning Belfast International Airport LA03/DPS/0026
LA03/DPS/CR/0145 O’Callaghan Planning Mr. Lindsay Martin LA03/DPS/0095
LA03/DPS/CR/0146 WPB Development Planning CHL (Landowners at Crumlin) Prefixed by LA03/DPS/
0078, 008500950096
LA03/DPS/CR/0147 MBA Planning Nutts Corner Circuit Ltd LA03/DPS/0100
LA03/DPS/CR/0148 One2One Planning Mr. Simon Hamill, Nutts Corner Enterprise Park LA03/DPS/0100

Draft Plan Strategy and Associated Documents

The Plan Strategy is one of two development plan documents which, when read together, will comprise the LDP for the Borough. The second document is the Local Policies Plan and this will be brought forward by the Council once the Plan Strategy has been adopted.


This information leaflet contains details of this key stage of the plan and the overall Local Development Plan process.

A copy of the public notices published in the Belfast Gazette and local newspapers are provided for information below.
EAPP Public Regulations Notice
Public Notice
Draft Plan Strategy

Sustainability Appraisal (incorporating the Strategic Environmental Assessment) Report 
Sustainability Appraisal Non-Technical Summary
Sustainability Appraisal Scoping Report

Draft Habitats Regulations Assessment

Equality (Section 75) Screening and Rural Needs Impact Assessment Report

Evidence Papers The Council has prepared its draft Plan Strategy in tandem with existing and emerging Transport Plans prepared by the Department for Infrastructure. Further information on Transport Plans is available on the Department for Infrastructure website.

Draft Plan Strategy Representations

Representations received in respect of Local Development Plan 2030 - draft Plan Strategy can be accessed from the table below.
Reference Respondent On Behalf of
LA03/DPS/0001 Andrew Crothers  
LA03/DPS/0002 David Reade  
LA03/DPS/0003 Department of Education  
LA03/DPS/0004 Lindsay Martin  
LA03/DPS/0005 Richard Martin  
LA03/DPS/0006 Henry Boyd  
LA03/DPS/0007 Co-Ownership Housing Association  
LA03/DPS/0008 Northern Ireland Housing Executive  
LA03/DPS/0009 Minerals & Petroleum Branch (Department for Economy)  
LA03/DPS/0010 Armagh, Banbridge & Craigavon Borough Council  
LA03/DPS/0011 Construction Industry Training Board NI  
LA03/DPS/0012 Lightsource BP  
LA03/DPS/0013 Translink  
LA03/DPS/0014 No ARC 21  
LA03/DPS/0015 Dunadry Community Association  
LA03/DPS/0016 Peter Morrow  
LA03/DPS/0017 John Mullholland  
LA03/DPS/0018 Kickhams GAC Creggan  
LA03/DPS/0019 Mid Ulster District Council  
LA03/DPS/0020 Mid & East Antrim Borough Council  
LA03/DPS/0021 John Doherty  
LA03/DPS/0022 Amanda Johnston  
LA03/DPS/0023 One2One Planning Antrim Agri Fertilisers Limited
LA03/DPS/0024 Gareth Kelly  
LA03/DPS/0025 One2One Planning Mae Murray Foundation
LA03/DPS/0026 Donaldson Planning Mc Causland Airport Garages Ltd
LA03/DPS/0027 Donaldson Planning Kevin Logan
LA03/DPS/0028 Donaldson Planning Peter Cooke
LA03/DPS/0029 Department of Justice  
LA03/DPS/0030 Department for the Economy  
LA03/DPS/0031 Jonathan Mc Grandle John Greer
LA03/DPS/0032 Historic Environment Division (Department for Communities)  
LA03/DPS/0033 Gravis Planning Brian Mc Bride
LA03/DPS/0034 Mineral Products Association (NI) Ltd  
LA03/DPS/0035 Gravis Planning Ulster University
LA03/DPS/0036 Antrim and District Angling Association  
LA03/DPS/0037 Virgin Media  
LA03/DPS/0038 O’Toole & Starkey David Wilson
LA03/DPS/0039 Gravis Planning Corbo Properties
LA03/DPS/0040 Gravis Planning Joyce & Hazel Bill
LA03/DPS/0041 Gravis Planning Eastwood Estate Agents
LA03/DPS/0042 Inaltus Limited  
LA03/DPS/0043 Inaltus Limited Tamar Selby
LA03/DPS/0044 Inaltus Limited Bill Porter
LA03/DPS/0045 Inaltus Limited Iain Mc Cabe
LA03/DPS/0046 Autism NI  
LA03/DPS/0047 O’Callaghan Planning  
LA03/DPS/0048 O’Callaghan Planning  
LA03/DPS/0049 O’Callaghan Planning  
LA03/DPS/0050 O’Callaghan Planning Lindsay Martin
LA03/DPS/0051 Belfast City Council  
LA03/DPS/0052 Conway Group  
LA03/DPS/0053 Turley Planning Heron Bros
LA03/DPS/0054 Turley Planning Clanmill Housing Group
LA03/DPS/0055 One2One Planning NewRiver REIT Uk Ltd
LA03/DPS/0056 The Transport Training Board  
LA03/DPS/0057 Six Mile Water Trust  
LA03/DPS/0058 Maurice & Joy Patterson  
LA03/DPS/0059 TSA Planning Aberdeen Asset Management
LA03/DPS/0060 Belfast Hills Partnership  
LA03/DPS/0061 Quarryplan Ltd Northstone
LA03/DPS/0062 NI Water  
LA03/DPS/0063 TSA Belfast International Airport
LA03/DPS/0064 Inaltus Limited  
LA03/DPS/0065 MBA Planning Carnhill NI Ltd
LA03/DPS/0066 Turley Northern Ireland Federation of
Housing Associations (NIFHA)
LA03/DPS/0067 TSA Planning Lotus Homes (UK) Ltd
LA03/DPS/0068 TSA Planning Lotus Homes (UK) Ltd
LA03/DPS/0069 TSA Planning Lotus Homes (UK) Ltd
LA03/DPS/0070 Bombardier Aerospace  
LA03/DPS/0071 TSA Planning Vaughan Homes
LA03/DPS/0072 TC Town Planning Mr P Madden
LA03/DPS/0073 TSA Planning EPISO 4 Antrim S.à.r.l.
LA03/DPS/0074 Drumadarragh and District Residents Association *Note for LA03/DPS/0074*
LA03/DPS/0075 One2One Planning Nutts Corner Enterprise Park
LA03/DPS/0076 Sinn Féin  
LA03/DPS/0077 Jim Gregg  
LA03/DPS/0078 Turley Racarbry Developments Ltd
LA03/DPS/0079 TSA Planning Vaughan Homes
LA03/DPS/0080 TSA Planning Errigal Contracts
LA03/DPS/0081 James Hamill  
LA03/DPS/0082 Farningham Planning Ltd Flaxall Holdings Ltd
LA03/DPS/0083 Farningham Planning Ltd Flaxall Holdings Ltd
LA03/DPS/0084 TSA Planning Davelle Developments Ltd
LA03/DPS/0085 Clyde Shanks Moy Park
LA03/DPS/0086 Driver & Vehicle Agency
(Department for Infrastructure)
LA03/DPS/0087 Clyde Shanks Bulrush
LA03/DPS/0088 Clyde Shanks Neptune Group
LA03/DPS/0089 Clyde Shanks Ivan Jackson
LA03/DPS/0090 Clyde Shanks JFM Construction Ltd
LA03/DPS/0091 Clyde Shanks Mr Wilson Jackson
LA03/DPS/0092 Turley Toland House Properties Limited
LA03/DPS/0093 Turley Toland House Properties Limited
LA03/DPS/0094 David Dalzell  
LA03/DPS/0095 TSA Planning Mr Michael Erwin
LA03/DPS/0096 Lisburn & Castlereagh City Council  
LA03/DPS/0097 WYG Planning & Environment Private Client
LA03/DPS/0098 WYG Planning & Environment Department of Education
LA03/DPS/0099 WYG Planning & Environment Mr Paul Frazer
LA03/DPS/0100 WYG Planning & Environment Mr Nigel Herdman
LA03/DPS/0101 RPS Hyde Family
LA03/DPS/0102 Natural Environment Division, NIEA (Department of Agriculture, Environment and Rural Affairs)  
LA03/DPS/0103 RSPB NI  
LA03/DPS/0104 Jobling Planning & Environment Mr Gawn Graham
LA03/DPS/0105 Conway Group  
LA03/DPS/0106 RPS Group  Northern Ireland Electricity Networks
LA03/DPS/0107 DFI Planning; Roads; Public Transport Division; Safe & Sustainable Trail Division; Rivers; and Water and Drainage Policy Division (Department for Infrastructure)  
LA03/DPS/0108 Invest NI  
LA03/DPS/0109 Jobling Planning & Environment Mr Gary Bates
LA03/DPS/0110 Turley South Bank Square Limited
LA03/DPS/0111 TC Town Planning  
LA03/DPS/0112 Woodland Trust  
LA03/DPS/0113 ABO Wind NI Ltd  
LA03/DPS/0114 Robert Logan Architects Paul Rea
LA03/DPS/0115 Karl Property Investments  
LA03/DPS/0116 D R Mitchell Limited  
LA03/DPS/0117 Karl Property Investments Ltd  
LA03/DPS/0118 PUDSI  
LA03/DPS/0119 Donaldson Planning John Mulholland Motors
LA03/DPS/0121 MKA Planning Denis McHenry
LA03/DPS/0122 David W Wilson Mr Jackson

Representations on Supporting Assessments

Representations that primarily or wholly relate to the draft Plan Strategy’s supporting assessments – the Equality (Section 75) Screening and Rural Needs Impact Assessment (RNIA), Habitats Regulations Assessment (HRA) and the Sustainability Appraisal incorporating the Strategic Environmental Assessment (SA/SEA) – can be accessed form the table below.
These have been provided for information purposes and it should be noted that a number of the representations on the draft Plan Strategy listed in the main table may also make reference to these supporting assessments.
Reference Respondent On behalf of Assessment
LA03/DPS/0032 Historic Environment Division (Department for Communities)   SA/SEA
LA03/DPS/0046 Autism NI   EQIA
LA03/DPS/0102 Northern Ireland Environment Division (Department of Agriculture, Environment and Rural Affairs)   SA/Draft HRA


A key feature of Northern Ireland’s new Planning System for LDPs is ‘Soundness’ which requires the Plan documents be tested in terms of content, conformity and the process by which they are produced, at Independent Examination (IE).

The tests of soundness are based upon three categories which relate to how the draft Plan Strategy has been produced, the alignment of the document with central government regional plans, policy and guidance and the coherence, consistency and effectiveness of the content of the draft Plan Strategy. The tests of soundness are set out below:

Procedural tests
P1.     Has the Plan been prepared in accordance with the Council’s timetable and the Statement of Community Involvement?
P2.    Has the council prepared its Preferred Options Paper and taken into account any representations made?
P3.    Has the Plan been subject to sustainability appraisal including Strategic Environmental
P4.    Did the Council comply with the regulations on the form and content of its Plan and
          procedure for preparing the Plan?

Consistency tests
C1.   Did the Council take account of the Regional Development Strategy?
C2.   Did the Council take account of its Community Plan?
C3.   Did the Council take account of policy and guidance issued by the Department?
C4.   Has the Plan had regard to other relevant plans, policies and strategies relating to the Council’s district or to any adjoining Council’s district?

Coherence and effectiveness tests
CE1.   The Plan sets out a coherent strategy from which its policies and allocations logically flow and where cross boundary issues are relevant it is not in conflict with the plans of neighbouring councils.
CE2.  The strategy, policies and allocations are realistic and appropriate having considered the relevant alternatives and are founded on a robust evidence base.
CE3. There are clear mechanisms for implementation and monitoring.
CE4. The Plan is reasonably flexible to enable it to deal with changing circumstances.
The presumption is that the draft Plan Strategy is sound unless it is shown to be otherwise as a result of evidence considered at the Independent Examination stage by the Planning Appeals Commission. 


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