Lisburn & Castlereagh City Council has adopted its Local Development Plan Strategy.

As the first of two development plan documents that will shape the future growth and development of the district until 2032, the Plan Strategy provides a framework for decision-making on how land is used – whether for housing, employment, retail or infrastructure purposes. It is also now the main document against which planning applications will be assessed.

In line with its commitment to community engagement, extensive consultation has been carried out with stakeholders and residents to ensure the Plan Strategy reflects the unique character and needs of the district. The many contributions received throughout the process have proved invaluable and helped shape the Plan Strategy’s policies.

Aligned with that of the Council’s Community Plan 2032, the vision of the Plan Strategy is for: the Local Development Plan (LDP) to respond to the needs of the community in providing a sustainable economy, society and environment. It will support a thriving, vibrant and connected place in which people live, work, visit and invest and an attractive, green, quality place which will enhance the wellbeing and quality of life for all.

Recognising the Council’s key strategic position within the region, the policies within the Plan Strategy will shape the places in which we live, work and visit. It will also help support the Council’s commitment to addressing climate change by encouraging the growth of sustainable transport including active travel, improving the design and layout of buildings and encouraging development in the most accessible places.

Councillor John Laverty BEM, Chair of the Council’s Regeneration and Growth Committee said: “We are delighted to adopt our Plan Strategy which will help shape the future growth of our Council area, and create the right conditions for shaping our communities. Its policies will support the delivery of housing and economic growth alongside those protecting the environment and delivering vital infrastructure.”

The next stage of the Plan is the Local Policies’ Plan, when the Council will invite further engagement with communities to help shape and influence local policies affecting their area. 

The adopted Plan Strategy and associated documents are available to download here:

Councillor John Laverty BEM, Chair of LCCC’s Regeneration and Growth Committee is delighted to adopt the Plan Strategy which will help shape the future growth of the Council area.