Mid Ulster District Council has become the first of the 11 new local authorities here to consult on the future of community involvement in the planning process.
The Council has published a draft ‘Statement of Community Involvement’, setting out how and when members of the public will be able to participate in the different stages of preparing a new local development plan for Mid Ulster, as well as how the Council will consult with local residents on planning applications.
Chair of the Council’s Planning Committee, Councillor Martin Kearney, is encouraging everyone with an interest in planning and who wish to help shape their towns and villages, to look at the draft Statement:
“Planning plays an enormous part in the development of any area and it follows that local people should have the opportunity to be involved in the planning process and have timely and continuing opportunities to give their views, whether on the decision making process or on the creation of a new Local Development Plan for Mid Ulster.
“Our draft ‘Statement of Community Involvement’ sets out how and when the community will be invited to participate in the different stages of planning work and this consultation is asking local people what they think of the proposed approach. I would encourage anyone with an interest in shaping the future of planning locally to take the time to feed back their thoughts”.
The draft Statement of Community Involvement is available to view and download by clicking here or can be requested in hard copy by contacting Planning on 03000 132 132, E: [email protected].
Any comments should be submitted before 25th September 2015 in writing to Planning Manager, Mid Ulster District Council, 50 Ballyronan Road, Magherafelt, BT45 6EN or to [email protected].