Belfast LDP 2035 - Habitat Regulations Assessment

Closed 15 Nov 2018

Opened 20 Sep 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 opinions matter to us and we want to hear from you during the various stages throughout the preparation of the plan. The consultation closes on 15th November 2018.

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

Habitat Regulations Assessment

The purpose of Habitat Regulations Assessment (HRA) is to ascertain if any aspects of the draft plan strategy would have the potential to cause a likely significant effect on a European designated site, also known as Natura 2000 sites (Special Areas of Conservation (SACs), Special Protection Areas (SPAs) and Ramsar sites), either in isolation or in combination with other plans and projects, and to identify appropriate avoidance and/or mitigation measures where such effects are identified.

There is a legal requirement for all Local Plans to be subject to HRA, as set out in Article 6 of the EC Habitats Directive 1992, and by the Conservation (Natural Habitats, etc.) Regulations (Northern Ireland) 1995 (as amended).


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 9032 0202, ext 2255




Why we are consulting

The Local Development Plan (LDP) draft Plan Strategy (dPS) is a consultation document designed to stimulate public comment and engagement.  It is part of an ongoing process of consultation and your views will help us as we write the Local Policies Plan as part of the LDP.  This consultation is open to everyone who would like to comment on the future growth and development of Belfast.


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