**IMPORTANT NOTICE – PLANNING**

Development Management

With a relaxation in coronavirus restrictions the Planning Unit has resumed a full planning application service including the inspection of sites. 

Your safety and that of Council officers is a priority and your co-operation in facilitating inspections is appreciated.  Should access to land that we need to visit be restricted an officer of the Unit will make contact to arrange an inspection by appointment.   

Applications should continue where possible to be posted to the Unit.  Where an application is brought to the building due, for example, to size a receipt will be posted.  No cash payments will be taken.   We accept payments by cheque or bankers draft, BACS transfer and there is also the facility to make card payments over the phone. 

The Planning Unit would ask that you continue to seek planning advice by telephone, mail or e-mail. On request and where available officers of the Unit will facilitate meetings remotely.   

The majority of documents relating to the processing of applications are available online on the Planning Portal.   Our public facing service is limited to the inspection of files and documents, recognising there may be circumstances where a person has limited access to the Planning Portal or they need to inspect drawings or documents on the paper file. 

The first Planning Committee of Lisburn & Castlereagh City Council since the start of the coronavirus pandemic was live streamed on Tuesday 2nd June with a further meeting held on Wednesday 17 June 2020. Going forward, Planning Committee meetings will take place on the first Monday of the month.   The Schedule of Applications for meetings will be posted to the Council website in the normal way and will be viewable here.

In order to facilitate these meetings please note that the Protocol for the Operation of the Planning Committee has been modified take account of the Health Protection (Coronavirus Restrictions) Regulations 2020 and the Local Government (Coronavirus) (Flexibility of District Council Meetings) Regulations (Northern Ireland) 2020.  This document is available to view here. In accordance with the amended Protocol, the meeting dates and times along with the schedule of application to be determined by the Committee will be posted to the Council’s website at least 5 days in advance of the meeting. Whilst the Unit has had more than one meeting per month since then Planning Committee meetings will continue to be scheduled for the first Monday of every month.


Local Development Plan – Focussed Changes to the draft Plan Strategy

The council continues to operate its Local Development Plan function remotely. 

Following publication of its draft Plan Strategy, the council carried out a period of formal consultation between November 2019 and January 2020 to which 128 representations were received. Following the receipt of representations, a further 8 week period for counter representations was carried out from February 2020, extended to September 2020 because of the COVID-19 pandemic, to which 38 counter representations were received.  All representations and counter representations are available to view on the council website.

As a result the Council has considered comments raised in these representations and is now proposing a number of ‘focussed changes’ to its draft Plan Strategy.  A description of what a focussed change is, and an additional explanation of the process for making this type of change to a development plan document can be found at paragraphs 4.3 and 4.7 of Development Plan Practice Note 10: Submitting Development Plan documents for Independent Examination.

These changes will now be subject to further 8 week period of public consultation from Thursday 14th January 2021 to Friday 12th March 2021.

The proposed focussed changes to the draft Plan Strategy and subsequent addendums to its accompanying documents, are available to view online at the following link ‘Focussed Changes to draft Plan Strategy’. If you are unable to view the documents online, you may request a hard copy by contacting the Planning Unit, Lagan Valley Island either by telephone 028 9244 7300 or emailing the LDP team at LDP@lisburncastlereagh.gov.uk

Contacting us

Any queries should be directed to the Planning Inbox at planning@lisburncastlereagh.gov.uk .  This mailbox is being monitored on a daily basis and queries will be responded to as quickly as possible in the current situation. We appreciate your understanding on the matter.

Roles & Responsibilities
 
The responsibility for the delivery of the majority of planning functions transferred from the Department to local government on 1 April 2015.
 
From this date Lisburn & Castlereagh City Council (LCCC) has been responsible for:

  • Taking forward work associated with the drawing up its own local development plan
  • Making the majority of planning decisions in respect of applications within the Council area
  • Investigating alleged breached of planning control and determining what enforcement action (if any) should be taken

If you wish to find out more about planning requirements and planning regulations or to view the latest information about a planning application please visit www.planningni.gov.uk