Launch of Draft Northern Area Plan
Published on Wed, 11 May 2005
The DOE Planning Service has published the Draft Northern Area Plan, outlining policy on development in the Districts of Ballymoney, Coleraine, Limavady and Moyle up to 2016.
The Draft Plan provides for sustainable growth whilst protecting the natural and man-made heritage and embodies the Government’s commitment to sustainable development
David Ferguson, Chief Executive of the Planning Service, said: "I believe this Plan, in facilitating sustainable patterns of growth and development, will provide a sound basis for the future development of Ballymoney, Coleraine, Limavady and Moyle Districts.
"In line with the Regional Development Strategy, the Draft Plan promotes Coleraine and Limavady towns as two of the main hubs within Northern Ireland, with Ballymoney and Ballycastle as local hubs. It also supports the growth and regeneration of the other towns and villages within the District.
"In addition, it seeks to sustain a living and working countryside and protects from inappropriate development those areas that are vulnerable to development pressure or that are visually or environmentally sensitive."
The Draft Plan identifies 432 hectares of land for housing in the towns and villages and 139 hectares of land for industry to cater for development in the District over the Plan period. It also recognises the importance of the District’s landscapes, including the River Bann corridor and the four Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty which lie wholly or partly within the Plan Area. These are the Causeway Coast, North Derry, the Antrim Coast and Glens and the Sperrins.
The Giant’s Causeway World Heritage Site and its wider setting are given special protection and additional policies guide development on Rathlin Island. Other areas of conservation, both natural and man-made, are protected through the designation of Sites of Local Nature Conservation Importance, Local Landscape Policy Areas and Areas of Townscape or Village Character.
Mr Ferguson encouraged people of the four Districts to consider the policies and proposals contained in the Plan and to visit one of the public exhibitions which have been organised over the next few weeks.
He also stressed that the consultation period finishes on 6 July and it was important that all representations supporting or objecting to the Draft Plan are received by the DOE before the closing date.
Notes to Editors
- The Northern Area Plan can be accessed on this website.
- The Draft Northern Area Plan 2016 sets out a policy framework and land use proposals to guide development decisions within the four Districts of Ballymoney, Coleraine, Limavady and Moyle which comprise the Northern Area Plan area up to 2016. The Plan Proposals will be taken into account as a material consideration in the determination of planning applications and appeals.
- The Draft Plan embodies the Government’s commitment to sustainable development and has been prepared within the context of the Regional Development Strategy and other regional planning policies.
- The Department is also publishing a number of Technical Supplements which accompany the Draft Plan. They provide background and technical information that have informed the Plan Proposals.
- The Draft Plan has been the subject of a Strategic Environmental Appraisal and an Equality Impact Assessment, both of which are also published with the Plan.
- The Department for Regional Development determined on 22 October 2004 that the Draft Plan is in general conformity with the Regional Development Strategy.
- A copy of the Plan can also be obtained from the sub-Divisional Planning Office in County Hall, Castlerock Road, Coleraine BT51 1HS, at the exhibitions hosted by the four Councils as well as from the Divisional Planning Office, Orchard House, 40 Foyle Street, Londonderry BT48 6AT.
- Representations in support of or objections to any of the allocations, designations, policies, proposals and zonings contained in the Draft Plan should be submitted in writing and must be received by 5.00 p.m. on Wednesday 6th July 2005.