Next stage of Belfast’s Local Development Plan unveiled
23 Aug 2018
Those who live, work and study in Belfast are being invited to view proposals for the next stage in a framework for how the city will look by 2035.
Belfast City Council today unveiled the draft Plan Strategy for its Local Development Plan, a framework for guiding decisions on how the city will grow in order to meet ambitious targets laid out in its community plan, the Belfast Agenda.
The document sets out the ambitions and policies for housing, infrastructure and sustainable growth in Belfast, and follows extensive consultation with residents, businesses and statutory partners last year. Among the priorities are a focus on inner Belfast and providing new homes in the city centre, maximising the potential for development in accessible locations and support for more sustainable proposals that recognise the realities of climate change.
“This is a significant milestone in the delivery of the Local Development Plan and gives a sense of the kind of city we’re seeking to create – global and forward thinking, but with a focus on ensuring everyone feels the benefits of our ambitions,” explained the Lord Mayor of Belfast, Councillor Deirdre Hargey.
“Inclusive growth has been key to our work since we gained new powers under
Local Government Reform in 2015, and this draft Plan Strategy outlines some of the ways we plan to achieve this, from identifying the need for nearly 32,000 new homes to ensuring we can accommodate the investment required to fulfil our goal of bringing 46,000 extra jobs to Belfast.”
The draft Plan Strategy will be available to view online and in person from today until 15 November, with residents, developers and statutory partners able to share their feedback from 20 September.
Drop-in consultation events are also taking place in communities across Belfast this autumn where people to learn more about the draft Plan Strategy and hear how they can have their say:
o Wednesday 29 August – Innovation Factory (11am-1pm)
o Thursday 30 August – Girdwood Community Hub (2pm-4pm)
o Tuesday 18 September – Skainos Centre (6pm-8pm)
o Thursday 20 September – City Hall (10am-2pm)
o Tuesday 25 September – Olympia Leisure Centre (6pm-8pm)
“In making our plans available from today, we’re giving people an extra four weeks to review and digest our proposals, before asking them to submit their views. At that stage, we’d like to hear specifically how ‘sound’ or robust our plan is in supporting our ambitions for the city, so come along to an event near you to find out more, “ said Councillor Hargey.
“Once in place, the Local Development Plan will guide all planning decisions, and I would encourage anyone interested in the city’s future growth to attend the events planned for the next few weeks to hear more about what is proposed and to speak to us about this important plan.
“This is a really unique opportunity to be part of building a city that everyone will benefit from.”
To join in the conversation on Twitter, follow @belfastcc and use #BelfastLDP. You can also sign up for reminders about the LDP process at www.belfastcity.gov.uk/LDP