Belfast LDP 2035: draft Plan Strategy Sustainability Appraisal

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 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.

Sustainability Appraisal Incorporating Strategic Environmental Assessment (SA/SEA)

A Sustainability Appraisal (SA) is a methodical process that is undertaken during the preparation of the Local Development Plan. It promotes sustainable development by assessing the extent to which the emerging plan will help to achieve the environmental, economic and social objectives.

A Strategic Environmental Assessment (SEA) is required to ensure a high level of protection of the environment and to integrate environmental considerations into the preparation and adoption of plans. Together, these processes seek to ensure that the options outlined in the draft Plan Strategy are the most appropriate and sustainable, having regard to the reasonable alternatives.

Both the SA and SEA are required in relation to the development plan documents, which comprise the Plan Strategy and Local Policies Plan. 


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


Why we are consulting

The SA is being published for consultation alongside the draft Plan Strategy for a period of 8 weeks. This will facilitate a more meaningful public consultation process by encouraging interested parties to make informed judgements when submitting representations on the draft Plan Strategy. 

You can find out more about the draft Plan Strategy, including SA and other 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 5pm on Thursday 15th November 2018.


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