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Rural Needs Act (NI) 2016

Mid Ulster District Council have a statutory duty under the Rural Needs Act (NI) 2016 to consider rural needs in the development of new policies, plans or strategies and in any service design/delivery decisions.

For the purpose of having due regard to rural needs as set out under the Act the Council has defined settlements of less than 5,000 people as rural settlements. Therefore, the majority of the population of Mid Ulster District reside in a rural area. As such, the settlements of Dungannon, Cookstown, Coalisland and Magherafelt are classed as urban.

Council are committed to engaging with rural stakeholders in relation to policy development when it is relevant and appropriate

As a result of the Rural Needs Act the Council must: 

  • give due regard to rural needs within policy making and when taking decisions;
  • carry out the duties in line with the Department of Agriculture, Environment and Rural Affairs (DAERA) guidance;
  • make arrangements for monitoring and reporting on how we are meeting the duty; and
  • ensure that an annual reporting return is submitted to DAERA.

For further information:

Philip Moffett

Head of Democratic Services

Tel: 03000 132 132

Email: philip.moffett@midulstercouncil.org