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Belfast Metropolitan Area Plan

UPDATE
In May 2017 the Court of Appeal delivered its decision on an appeal made by Belfast City Council regarding a remedy previously agreed by the High Court relating to the Belfast Metropolitan Area Plan (BMAP) challenge. The Court of Appeal found that the remedy accepted by the High Court was impermissible. Consequently a revised Order was issued confirming that the decision of the then Environment Minister to direct adoption of the plan was unlawful and the purported adoption was of no force or effect, therefore BMAP remains unadopted. Further information on the judgment and the Order is available through the Courts NI website.  The Order is not freely available but can be purchased.
In light of the Court of Appeal’s judgment the draft Belfast Metropolitan Area Plan has been made available on this website for information along with other departmental development plans for the Belfast Metropolitan Area which are now extant as a result of the judgment. However, the version of the plan that was unlawfully adopted in September 2014 has also been made available for information.
   
Plan Area: Belfast City, Carrickfergus Borough, Castlereagh Borough, Lisburn City, Newtownabbey Borough and North Down Borough Council Areas
Status: Adopted (Legal challenge)
Date:
9 September 2014
Notice is hereby given that the Department of the Environment, under the provisions of Part III of the Planning (NI) Order 1991, has adopted the Belfast Metropolitan Area Plan to the extent approved and endorsed in The Belfast Metropolitan Area Plan Adoption Statement 2014. The Plan, as adopted, became operative on 9 September 2014.
The Department for Regional Development has determined, in accordance with Article 28(7) of the Planning (Amendment) (Northern Ireland) Order 2003, that the Belfast Metropolitan Area Plan is in general conformity with the Regional Development Strategy for Northern Ireland 2035.
The Department has published a final version of the Belfast Metropolitan Area Plan, incorporating the amendments outlined in the Adoption Statement.
The Belfast Metropolitan Area Plan 2015 covers the Belfast City, Carrickfergus Borough, Castlereagh Borough, Lisburn City, Newtownabbey Borough and North Down Borough Council Areas
Note:
In the case of any contradiction between the Development Plan published on paper and the digital version of the Development Plan presented on this Website, the provisions of the Development Plan published on paper will prevail.

Download the Statutory Plan

Please refer to the Map Library for the relevant Maps

Download the Adoption Statement

Download further details on the features of each Local Landscape Policy Area (LLPA)

Download the Community Greenways Clarification Booklet & Maps

Download the Planning Appeals Commission Reports

Download the Habitats Regulations Assessment Report

Download the Equality Impact Assessment

Copies of the Plan

Hard copies of the Plan are available for public inspection in each of the relevant Council offices planning departments:
  • Belfast City Council;
  • Lisburn and Castlereagh City Council;
  • Mid and East Antrim Borough Council;
  • Antrim and Newtownabbey Borough Council; and
  • Ards and North Down Borough Council.
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