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Preferred Options Paper – Interim Consultation Report

09 August 2017

The Council’s Forward Planning team have now published their Preferred Options Paper (POP) Interim Consultation Report.

The Council’s POP was published on 18 January 2017 and a public consultation period lasted for 12 weeks ending on 12 April 2017.

The purpose of the POP document was to:

  • Promote debate on issues of strategic importance that will influence the shape of future development in our Borough up to 2030
  • Set out a number of planning issues that we wanted to engage with the public on
  • Provide possible options for the strategic direction that our new Local Development Plan might take.

The Sustainability Appraisal (incorporating Strategic Environmental Assessment Interim Report (SA) and Equality Impact Assessment (EQIA) also went out for consultation during the same time as the POP document.

The POP was the first formal stage in the preparation of the Council’s Local Development Plan and was a significant milestone for the Council in exercising its new planning responsibilities. The POP was also an opportunity for the public and other key stakeholders to shape the Council’s local development plan.

We would like to thank all of those who took time to consider our POP document and provide representation.

The Interim Consultation Report

An Interim Consultation Report has been prepared to provide Elected Members, the community and stakeholders (including all those who provided representations) with a summary of the key issues raised in response to the Council’s published POP document.

This Interim Consultation Report is a summary of the key issues raised, and as such, does not capture every single item raised in representations received in relation to the POP document. Full responses and associated consideration will be published in the final report.

The POP representations will help us prepare for the next stage, the draft Plan Strategy, which we anticipate will go out for consultation in early 2018. The POP Interim Consultation Report has been published on our website.


Should you require a copy of this Interim Consultation Report 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 whom English is not their first language.

Further Details

For further details, information or any feedback, please contact us on the details below:

Our address:

Forward Planning Team,

Planning Section,

Antrim and Newtownabbey Borough Council,

Mossley Mill,

Carnmoney Road North,


BT36 5A

Email: [email protected]

Phone Number: 0300 123 6677

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