Our responsibilities

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.

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

Enforcement

Our enforcement strategy explains:

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