Preferred Options Paper

Preferred Options Paper

The Council recently identified an inadvertent omission from its online version of the POP which has implications in respect of compliance with the relevant regulations for its consultation exercise.  To ensure that the Council has fully complied with the legal requirements of The Planning (Local Development Plan) Regulations (Northern Ireland) 2015, it is necessary to run the consultation period in a full 12 week manner from Friday 17 May 2019.

The public consultation is now open for a period from 17 May 2019 until 4.30 pm 9 August 2019.

The Preferred Options Paper (POP) is the first of three public consultation documents that the Council will issue during the LDP process. It marks the end of Stage 1 – Initial Plan Preparation.  The main purpose of the POP is to encourage focused debate on key issues of strategic significance which are likely to influence the direction of future development within our Borough up to 2030. The POP outlines the vision and strategic objectives of the Plan, identifies the key issues and outlines options to address these issues, including the Council’s preferred options and the reasoning behind them.

Public consultation on the Preferred Options Paper will begin on 17 May 2019 and will be open for a period of 12 weeks, ending at 4.30pm on 9 August 2019. Feedback on the public consultation (on the POP and supporting documents outlined below) will inform the preparation of the Draft Plan Strategy, the next stage in the process (and the next public consultation document).

We want to hear your views on the Preferred Options Paper in terms of where and how development within your local area should take place. Responses should be forwarded by 4.30pm on 9 August 2019:

  • via email to
  • by post to LDP Team, The Planning Office, 2 Church Street, Newtownards, BT23 4AP
  • or by completing the POP Response Questionnaire or Online Survey below.

Hard copies of the POP can also be viewed during normal office hours at the Council’s Church Street Planning Office or at Bangor Town Hall, The Castle, BT20 4BT. (Monday to Thursday 9am-5pm; Friday 9am-4.30pm)

The POP and supporting documentation can be made available in alternative languages, where possible, by contacting the Council’s Planning Office using the e-mail or address above, or by telephone 028 91824006.

A copy of the Public Notice Advertisement below provides details of how further information on the POP and supporting information may be obtained, as well as the details of the public engagement / exhibition/ drop-in sessions to be held throughout the Borough during the consultation period.