Preferred Options Paper (POP) consultation for the Local Development Plan (LDP)

Closed 20 Apr 2017

Opened 26 Jan 2017


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.  It will take approximately four years to develop and formally adopt the new LDP. 

A series of consultation stages are built into the process for creating the LDP and are defined by legislation to help local people input into this Plan.  The first stage in this process is the development of a Preferred Options Paper (POP).   This a critical step in the process as it will set the context for the next more detailed phases of the LDP.  We need to ensure that we have fully identified and understood the key strategic issues facing the city.  This will be the foundation for all future planning.        

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

What is the LDP?

The LDP:

  • Guides development
  • Provides certainty and a framework for investment
  • Facilitates sustainable growth
  • Puts communities at the heart of the process
  • Allows for speedier decision making under the new plan-led system

How will this impact on me?

Our LDP will have an impact on everyone who lives, works and visits Belfast because it will shape how the city will develop in the future. Your views are important so we’d like you to get involved in its preparation.

What is the Preferred Options Paper (POP)?

The Preferred Options Paper (POP) sets out the strategic approach to some of the key issues for the development of Belfast. This is the first stage of the plan-making process and is part of an ongoing consultation process.  It sets out what we plan to do to address the key issues we have identified for the city. 

The Preferred Options Paper is a statutory public consultation that is running for a 12 week period from 26 January 2017 to 20 April 2017.

The consultation documents and other background information are available on the Council's website - - and within this survey.

The POP and supporting documents, including the Sustainability Appraisal Interim Report (incorporating the Strategic Environmental Assessment) and Equality Impact Assessment Screening, will be available online and at our planning office from Thursday 26 January 2017 between 9am - 5pm, Monday to Friday.

Although we have also provided a downloadable version of this consultation response form, we would encourage you to respond via this online survey.


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


We will also be hosting a number of events as listed below to tell you about more about the Local Development Plan and things happening in your area.  To register for an event, email

Why we are consulting

The Local Development Plan (LDP) Preferred Options Paper (POP) 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 Plan Strategy and 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.

What happens next

This consultation is now closed.

The Preferred Options Paper (POP) was published on 26 January 2017 and was open for consultation until 5pm on Thursday 20 April 2017.

Consultation responses will be carefully considered and a report will be prepared containing a summary of the issues raised. The POP representations will inform the preparation of the draft Plan Strategy later in 2017.


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