Committee Meetings are normally held in the Council Chamber at 2 Church Street, Newtownards on the first Tuesday of each month and commence at 7:00pm.

The next Planning Committee will take place on Tuesday 3rd August 2021 at 7pm. This will be an in-person meeting and will be held in the Queen's Hall, Newtownards.

We are responsible for delivering planning functions in Ards and North Down.  This involves:

  • receiving and making decisions about most planning applications 
  • enforcing planning control where there are breaches of planning permission
  • making tree preservation orders 
  • protecting and preserving built heritage
  • producing a local development plan outlining how land should be used and developed in the future


Our enforcement strategy explains:

  • how we investigate written complaints about planning breaches
  • enforcement action we can take