Our responsibilities

There will be no Planning Committee meeting in January 2020. The next monthly Planning Committee meeting is on Tuesday 4th February 2020 and the schedule of applications will be published on the Council’s website www.ardsandnorthdown.gov.uk/planning on 22nd January 2020.

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