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Lisburn & Castlereagh City Council: Local Development Plan

Launch of Preferred Options Paper

Lisburn & Castlereagh City Council (LCCC) has launched its Preferred Options Paper (POP) which marks the first step in the preparation of its Local Development Plan. Below is a summary of the main headlines emerging from the POP.

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Enabling Sustainable Communities and the Provision of New Homes:

  • An allocation of 13,300 dwellings over the Plan period
  • No requirement for additional greenfield sites - existing zonings, particularly within Lisburn City can accommodate growth
  • Retention of SPPS policies for rural development, plus scope to identify extra protection for sensitive areas via ‘Special Countryside Areas’

Promoting Tourism, Recreation, Leisure and Open Space:

  • Promotion of Hillsborough Castle as a key tourism destination
  • Implementation of the Lagan Navigation as a key tourism/recreation opportunity area
  • Protect and enhance all areas of open space and identify opportunities for new Community Greenways

Driving Sustainable Economic Growth:

  • Existing zoned employment sites - should they be retained? Rezoned for alternative uses or should the amount of zoned land within LCCC be increased?
  • Should the Blaris Major Employment Zoning be modified to a mixed-use zoning or safeguarded for solely employment uses?
  • Should Rural Business Development Zones be created to help stimulate economic growth?

Supporting Infrastructure and Accessible Transport:

  • A suite of infrastructure improvements are proposed including: delivery of Knockmore to M1 Link; review of Quarry Corner to Comber Road Link; a new rail halt and associated Park & Ride at West Lisburn; and identification of potential new Park & Ride/Park & Share sites
  • Clear focus on protecting and enhancing greenways as sustainable and accessible transport corridors
  • Potential for wind turbines & Telecommunication Areas of Constraint to be identified
  • Areas of Mineral Constraint and Mineral Safeguarding Zones to be identified

Town Centres and Retailing:

  • Proposed extension to Lisburn city centre boundary; no change to Carryduff town centre boundary ; and retail boundaries to be identified in Moira and Hillsborough
  • Forestside retained as a district centre with proposed extension to the centre boundary and local centre in Dundonald retained with a few modifications to the boundary
  • The promotion of office development within city, town, district and local centres

Enhancing the Built and Natural Environment:

  • Potential identification of further built and natural heritage assets

Next steps:

LCCC are inviting comments and feedback on the options presented in the POP. This is an important opportunity to provide feedback and influence the Local Development Plan. The consultation periods runs from 30 March to 25 May 2017.

If you would welcome a discussion on the headlines arising from the POP, please contact either Angela Wiggam or Michael Gordon.

30 March 2017

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