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Source: Northern Ireland – City of Derry

19 October 2020

The public re-consultation period for the Local Development Plan(LDP) for Derry City and Strabane District is coming to a close, with final responses due in by Friday 6th November 2020.

 The Council’s LDP draft Plan Strategy was already published in December 2019, followed by a consultation period which ended in January 2020. However, an issue over the timing of that period, means that this further consultation period is now being undertaken. This gives an additional opportunity for people to submit representations, though there have been no changes to the contents of the previously consulted draft Plan Strategy or any of its associated documents.

 Anyone with an interest in Planning issues is urged to check out these LDP documents over these remaining weeks; they can either confirm that that they wish their previously submitted representation to be carried forward unchanged or alternatively, any additional or revised representations may also now be submitted during this re-consultation period. Please use the on-line Representation form at the following link to make your submission:

https://www.derrystrabane.com/getmedia/18adf031-a2dc-491b-98a5-80c77673a416/Final-LDP-Reps-2-Re-Consultation-form-2020_1.pdf

 The draft Plan Strategy for the Local Development Plan marks the next stage in the process of developing an overarching policy document for all issues concerning local Planning and development.

 The Plan is wide-ranging in its scope, guiding land use and setting out the Planning policies and proposals for the use, development and protection of our settlements and countryside. It has the capacity to help the Council achieve some of its key priorities including mitigating against climate change, conserving our rich built heritage and meeting social housing demand.

The LDP is closely aligned to the Strategic Growth Plan (Community Plan) and its aim to deliver 9,000 new, quality homes by 2032 at sustainable locations with all the necessary infrastructure, services and facilities. The new LDP will contribute directly to the outcomes of the Growth Plan and once adopted will be used to determine all Planning applications across Derry and Strabane. The (LDP) Plan Strategy sets out the proposed LDP vision, the LDP objectives, as well as the proposed Growth Strategy and the Hierarchy of Settlements for the District.

The public re-consultation on the draft Plan Strategy offers the opportunity for the public to consider the robustness of the Strategy proposals before it is submitted to the Department for Infrastructure (DfI) for independent examination to test the soundness of the Strategy.

Following the results of the current consultation, the comments will be considered by the Council and then DfI will appoint an Independent Examiner to test the ‘soundness’ of the draft Plan Strategy.

Representations on the re-consultation documents can be submitted up until Friday 6th November, 2020. The full Plan Strategy documents are available at www.derrystrabane.com/ldp Alternatively, hard copies of the draft Plan Strategy and its associated Evidence Base and Assessments can be viewed, strictly by appointment only due to COVID 19 restrictions, during normal opening hours at the Council offices in Derry or Strabane.

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