Views Sought on Planning for Local Area
07 September 2015
Antrim and Newtownabbey Council is encouraging the community to become involved in all aspects of planning for the local area.
Councillor Roderick Swann, Chairperson of the Council’s Planning Committee explains, “Given our new role as decision-makers and place shapers, we are committed to consulting widely with residents, businesses, local groups and organisations about our new planning responsibilities. With the bulk of planning powers now in the control of the Council, this is bringing decision-making closer to local people.
Councillor Swann continues, “The Council’s Planning section has prepared a Draft Statement of Community Involvement which sets out how we propose to engage with the community. We believe that engagement is an essential part of the planning process both for today and to assist in directing our visions for the future of the Borough. In particular, as we take forward a new Plan for the Borough, we want to make sure that everyone has the opportunity to have a say in how we should shape our area in the future.”
A series of community engagement drop-in sessions are taking place during September to gain feedback on the Council’s draft proposals for involving the community. These drop-in sessions are taking place at:
Mossley Mill Tuesday 15 September 4–8pm
Crumlin Leisure Centre Thursday 17 September 4-8pm
Ballyclare Town Hall Tuesday 22 September 4-8pm
The White House Tuesday 22 September 4-8pm
Antrim Civic Centre Wednesday 23 September 4-8pm
Lillian Bland Centre Monday 28 September 4-8pm
Randalstown Arches Centre Tuesday 29 September 4-8pm
If you are unable to attend these sessions, the draft consultation document is available at our Council Offices - Mossley Mill and Antrim Civic Centre, by visiting www.antrimandnewtownabbey.gov.uk or by contacting the Planning Section T. 0300 123 6677; 028 9034 0000 or text phone18001 028 9034 0000 . All responses to the consultation should be submitted in writing to Mossley Mill, Carnmoney Road North, Newtownabbey, BT36 no later than 6 October 2015.
Draft Statement of Community Involvement