Belfast LDP 2035: draft Plan Strategy Equality Impact Assessment

Closed 15 Nov 2018

Opened 23 Aug 2018


We're developing the new Local Development Plan (LDP) which is the land use plan for Belfast up to 2035.  The plan will guide investment and set out policies and proposals for the use, development and protection of land across the city.  Once adopted, the plan will be used to determine planning applications.

Your opinion matters to us and we want to hear from you during the various stages throughout the preparation of the plan.

What is the Plan Strategy?

The Plan Strategy will be a strategic policy framework for the plan area as a whole across a range of topics. It will set out an ambitious but realistic vision for Belfast as well as the objectives and strategic policies required to deliver that vision. Establishing this strategic direction early in the plan process will provide a level of certainty on which to base key development decisions in the area as well as the necessary framework for the preparation of the Local Policies Plan.

Equality Impact Assessment (EQIA)

The EQIA report sets out how Belfast City Council intends to promote equality of opportunity through the implementation of Phase 2 – Plan Strategy (in accordance with Section 75 of the Northern Ireland Act 1998).

This EQIA has been conducted at a strategic level - it assesses the Draft Plan Strategy in a holistic way and does not include details of the equality impacts of every individual element within the Local Development Plan.  Equality screening will be carried out on these as we move forward with Phase 3: Local Policies Plan.  The issues identified in this EQIA will act as a guide to the development of subsequent assessments, reports and consultations.


The relevant documents are available, on request, in alternative formats - Braille, audio, large print, easy read. The council will also consider requests to produce it in other languages. If you require the documents in these or other formats please contact us:

Belfast Planning Service
Belfast City Council
Cecil Ward Building
4-10 Linenhall Street

Telephone:  028 9050 0510


We will also be hosting a number of events as listed below to tell you more about the Local Development Plan draft Plan Strategy.

Why we are consulting

You can find out more about the Plan Strategy, and access all relevant documents, on the Council’s website at:

Alternatively all consultation documents can be made available in hard copy, email and alternative formats on request to 

You can provide feedback using our online questionnaire, via the link below, until 15th November 2018.  Although we have also provided a downloadable version of this consultation response form, we woud encourage you to respond via this online survey.

What happens next

This consultation is now closed. 

Account will be taken of all submissions made to the draft EQIA and a consultation report will be prepared. This will be taken into account in the finalisation of the EQIA.



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