Re-Consultation on Local Development Plan 2030 – Draft Plan Strategy
A consultation exercise was previously carried out on the Local Development Plan 2030 – Draft Plan Strategy (February to April 2019). However, the council has since identified a procedural error in relation to the original consultation and therefore, we are now re-consulting on the Local Development Plan 2030 – Draft Plan Strategy.
The re-consultation period is currently set for a period of 8 weeks commencing at 10am on 25th March 2020. The re-consultation was due to close at 5pm on 21st May 2020.
In light of the current circumstances and issues being faced with COVID19, the Council will be extending the closing date of the re-consultation and agreeing new dates for public exhibition events.
Due to the present situation, we do not yet have an agreed date for the new re-consultation deadline. As soon as that date is available, we will communicate this by way of a further public notice and place the information here.
Please note, however, that in line with advice on social distancing as a response to COVID-19, planned exhibitions and drop-in sessions are no longer taking place.
Local Development Plan (NI) Regulation 15(iv) Notice
Re-Consultation Advertisement Notice
Extension to the Closing Date of the Re-Consultation Notice
How to make a representation
An online survey is now available to complete from 25th March.
You can also download a representation form to complete. For more information read our information leaflet.
Local Development Plan 2030 – Draft Plan Strategy and Supporting Studies/Assessments
The Local Development Plan 2030 – Draft Plan Strategy is accompanied by a Sustainability Appraisal incorporating Strategic Environmental Assessment Report (SA/SEA Report), Equality Impact Screening Report and Rural Needs Impact Assessment, Habitats Regulations Assessment, as well as other background supporting evidence.
Given that the Council Offices are currently closed due to COVID-19 precautions, these documents will not be available for inspection at the 3 principal council offices until such time as they reopen.
Hard copies of the Draft Plan Strategy can be obtained from each of the 3 council offices upon request.
The Draft Plan Strategy sets out the Council’s vision for planning land use up to 2030 and details the objectives, spatial planning framework and planning policies which we propose to use to deliver that vision. It supports the vision of the Mid Ulster Community Plan to create a region which is;
A welcoming place where our people are content, healthy and safe; educated and skilled; where our economy is thriving; our environment and heritage are sustained; and where our public services excel.
The Draft Plan Strategy was informed by comments received to the Preferred Options Paper (POP).
Your attention is drawn to an error at Page 129 of the Local Development Plan 2030 - Draft Plan Strategy. Paragraphs 13.24 and 13.25 in the Retailing, Offices and Town Centre section have been included in error and should be disregarded.
A number of individual maps are contained within the Draft Plan Strategy document. Please click on the District Proposals Map 1a-1f below to download.
District Proposals Map 1a
District Proposals Map 1b
District Proposals Map 1c
District Proposals Map 1d
District Proposals Map 1e
District Proposals Map 1f
District Proposals Map Viewer
Sustainability Appraisal incorporating Strategic Environmental Assessment
A Sustainability Appraisal (SA) Incorporating a Strategic Environmental Assessment (SEA) Report (Environmental Report) of the Local Development Plan 2030 – Draft Plan Strategy has also been undertaken. This is an integrated SA/SEA report and forms part of the evidence base upon which the Draft Plan Strategy is based. SEA focuses on the likely environmental effects of a plan whilst SA includes a wider range of considerations, extending to social and economic impacts. Therefore the SA/SEA process ensures that the three pillars of sustainable development, environmental, social and economic effects are fully understood before arriving at the most appropriate Draft Plan Strategy for the Mid Ulster District.
In parallel with the re-consultation on the Local Development Plan 2030 – Draft Plan Strategy, the Council is also re-consulting on the Sustainability Appraisal, incorporating a Strategic Environmental Assessment (SA/SEA Report) Environmental Report, of the Mid Ulster District Council Local Development Plan 2030 – Draft Plan Strategy, in order to ensure a compliant consultation process.
The re-consultation period for the SA/SEA Report commences at 10am on 25th March 2020 for a period of 8-weeks closing at 5pm on 21st May 2020 (to be exteded due to COVID-19 circumstances.
Expressions of Opinion on the SA/SEA Report are invited and can be made via email to DevelopmentPlan@midulstercouncil.org or in writing to: Development Plan Team, Planning Department, Mid Ulster District Council, 50 Ballyronan Road, Magherafelt, BT45 6EN
SA/SEA Non-Tech Summary Report
SA/SEA Scoping Report
SA/SEA Interim Report
Habitats Regulations Assessment
The Habitats Regulations Assessment is required by The Conservation (Natural Habitats, etc.) Regulations (Northern Ireland) 1995 (as amended). This Habitats Regulations Assessment of the Local Development Plan 2030- Draft Plan Strategy has been undertaken by the Shared Environmental Service on behalf of Mid Ulster District Council in accordance with the Habitats Directive (Council Directive 92/43/EEC).The Assessment considers the potential impact of the Draft Plan Strategy’s policies and proposals on European designated nature conservation sites.
Equality Impact Screening Report
An Equality Impact Screening Report of the Local Development Plan 2030 – Draft Plan Strategy has been undertaken. This considers the potential impact of the Draft Plan Strategy’s policies and proposals on specific groups identified in Section 75 of the Northern Ireland Act 1998.
Rural Needs Impact Assessment
The Rural Needs Act 2016 requires district councils and other public authorities to have due regard to rural needs when developing, adopting, implementing or revising policies, strategies and plans and when designing and delivering public services. The principles of rural proofing are incorporated in the RNIA process. A Rural Needs Impact Assessment has been undertaken to ensure that the social and economic needs of the people in rural areas have been considered in the preparation of the Draft Plan Strategy’s policies and proposals.
Background Supporting Evidence
A suite of background papers and policy reviews papers were prepared and published alongside the Preferred Options Paper and they remain relevant evidence in the preparation of the Local Development Plan 2030 – Draft Plan Strategy. In addition a number of these papers have been updated and further stand-alone evidence papers/assessments have also been prepared. The Public Consultation Report in respect of the Preferred Options Paper is also provided which provides an overview of the consideration of the representations received. All of these documents are available below and should be read in conjunction with the Local Development Plan 2030 – Draft Plan Strategy to understand the rationale and justification for the policies and proposals contained therein.
All reports and papers relating to this page can be found on the right hand side under the related documents section.