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Council kicks off work on a new Development Plan for Antrim and Newtownabbey

28 January 2016

Pictured at the launch of the Local Development Plan are The Mayor of Antrim and Newtownabbey, Councillor Thomas Hogg, Majella McAlister, Director of Community Planning & Regeneration, Alderman Tom Campbell, Vice Chair of the Planning Committee, John Linden, Head of Planning and Jacqui Dixon, Chief Executive.

 

Antrim and Newtownabbey Borough Council launched the commencement of work on the new Local Development Plan at the ‘Planning Our Place’ event today (Thursday 28 January) at Mossley Mill, which when finalised, will guide development in the Borough up to the year 2030. 

The first step of this consultation process is a booklet called ‘Towards Preferred Options’ which Council also launched as a part of today’s event.  This booklet is a key tool in the consultation process providing information about the Plan, explains how members of the public and interested parties can get involved in the process along with timelines.

Speaking at the event the Mayor of Antrim and Newtownabbey, Councillor Thomas Hogg said; “I am delighted to be here today to mark what is a momentous occasion for our Council.  With the transfer of planning powers to local councils we now have the opportunity to transform where we work and live.

The Mayor continued; “In preparing our new Plan we will be aiming to positively and proactively guide development in the Borough so that we can improve the quality of life for our residents.  The start of work announced today therefore marks a new era, in terms of planning, for our Council and our Borough.”

John Linden, Head of Planning for Antrim and Newtownabbey Borough Council, said; “we want to hear at the outset what the public and key stakeholders think are the most important strategic planning issues that our new Plan should address.  In February and March we will be holding a series of public engagement events and would encourage everyone with an interest in the development of the Borough to attend.  

If you can’t attend one of the events, call into the reception of either Mossley Mill or Antrim Civic Centre between 1 February and 31 March where a display is available providing more information and copies of the Options brochure.

The Statement of Community Involvement (available on our website) and our booklet published today are essential reading for those that would like a say in the planning process.”

Full details of the Local Development Plan, the dates of the public engagement events and the documents published today are available on the Council’s website. www.antrimandnewtownabbey.gov.uk/planning  

Alternatively, for further information or to have your say in shaping the future of the Borough please contact the Planning Section via 0300 123 6677