Planning Office opens at Antrim and Newtownabbey Borough Council
01 April 2015
The planning function for the Antrim and Newtownabbey area, previously delivered through the Department of Environment’s Local Planning Office, has transferred to Antrim and Newtownabbey Borough Council today.
Planning applications will now be considered as local, major and regionally significant, with the Council responsible for determining all local and major applications. The Council’s Planning Committee will consider key proposals affecting the area and make decisions on these. The Council will also have the power to investigate alleged breaches of planning control and determine what enforcement action should be taken.
Significantly, the Council will also be required to produce a Local Development Plan, which will set out what the Council area should look like and how land should be used and developed.
Welcoming the transfer of the planning function, the Chairperson of the Council’s Planning Committee, Cllr Roderick Swan said:
“This is a very exciting time for local Councils. The transfer of the planning function will put decision making in the hands of those with local knowledge and enable the Council to respond in a meaningful way to local needs. With the planning function operating alongside other Council services we will be able to produce greater benefits for our local communities. As the new development plan gets underway, the Council will consult widely with residents, businesses, local groups and organisations enabling them to have a say in shaping the their local area. This process will also link with the Community Plan for area, which will seek to ‘join up’ services and resources locally to achieve better outcomes.“
Weekly planning advertisements will be advertised on www.antrimandnewtownabbey.gov.uk/planning or you can access this from the planning portal www.planningni.gov.uk
To contact your local planning office Tel: 0300 123 6677; email [email protected] or visit www.antrimandnewtownabbey.gov.uk/planning