There will be no Planning Committee in April due to the Covid-19 pandemic. The next monthly Planning Committee meeting is scheduled for Tuesday 5th May 2020 and the schedule of applications will be published on the Council’s website on 22 April 2020. However, this meeting is also liable to cancellation as events progress.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


Our enforcement strategy explains:

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