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Preferred Options Paper

We have now published the Preferred Options Paper (POP) for public consultation.

POP-Cover-Jan-2017.jpegIt is the first formal stage in the preparation our new Local Development Plan for the Borough and designed to promote debate in relation to key strategic planning issues arising in the Plan area.  The POP sets out a range of options in relation to how and where development should be located within our Borough. It includes options for our settlements, our centres, employment and housing locations, as well as a number of other key planning issues.

The POP is published along with a number of other key documents which are also subject to public consultation. These documents have been prepared alongside the POP and include a Sustainability Appraisal Interim Report  incorporating Strategic Environmental Assessment and Habitats Regulation Assessment' and an ‘Equality Screening Assessment Interim Progress Report’.

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There are also a number of background papers published for public information, including evidence papers and the Annual Housing Monitor 2015.

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Should you require a copy of the POP in an alternative format, it can be made available on request in large print, audio format, DAISY, or Braille.  It may also be made available in minority languages to meet the needs of those for whom English is not their first language.

How to Respond to our Public Consultation

Consultation on the POP is intended to provide all stakeholders with the opportunity to put forward their views and influence the direction of our new Local Development Plan. Your views are important to us.

The consultation period for the POP, Sustainability Appraisal Interim Report incorporating Strategic Environmental Assessment and Habitats Regulation Assessment and Equality Screening Assessment Interim Progress Report will run for a period of 12 weeks, from 18 January 2017 and ending on 12 April 2017.

Responses to our POP and other public consultation documents are welcome and can be made via the online questionnaire by clicking on the link below.


Alternatively if you wish to make a response in writing please contact the Forward Planning Team at the address below and we will issue you with a hard copy questionnaire for your response.


By email to:

[email protected]

By post to:

Forward Planning Team,

Planning Section,

Antrim and Newtownabbey Borough Council,

Mossley Mill,

Carnmoney Road North,


BT36 5QA

By phone:

Text phone:  

0300 123 6677

18001 0289034 0000

All responses, whether via the electronic questionnaire or in hard copy must be received by 4:30pm on 12 April 2017. 

Get involved – Planning Drop ins & Public Exhibitions

The POP and associated documents are also available for inspection from 18 January 2017 between 9am and 5pm, Monday to Friday in the Council Offices at:


Mossley Mill

Carnmoney Road North


BT36 5QA


Antrim Civic Centre

50 Stiles Way


BT41 2UB

Planning Staff will be available at Mossley Mill during normal working hours as part of our public consultation on the POP. Planning Staff are also available at Antrim Civic Centre by appointment by ringing 0300 123 6677. 

We are also holding a number of drop-in sessions throughout the Borough and invite interested parties to attend and discuss the content of the POP with Council Officers.  Details of these sessions are listed below:


Event Type



Neillsbrook Community Centre


Tuesday 31 January

16:00 – 19:00

Lilian Bland Pavilion


Thursday 2 February

10:00 – 13:00

Valley Leisure Centre


Friday 3 February

13:00 – 16:00

Crumlin Leisure Centre


Tuesday 7 February

12:00 – 15:00

Old Courthouse, Antrim


Thursday 16 February

16:00 – 20:00

Ballyclare Town Hall


Tuesday 21 February

10:00 – 13:00

Mossley Mill


Thursday 23 February

09:00 – 20:00

Draft Community Plan

The Council’s draft Community Plan is also being published for public consultation. Planning Officials will also be attending Community Plan events throughout the public consultation period. Full details of the Council’s draft Community Plan and events are available on our web page or by contacting 028 9034 0000.