Council seeks public’s views for planning in the local area

Roderick Swann.
Roderick Swann.

Antrim and Newtownabbey Council is encouraging the community to become involved in all aspects of planning for the local area.

Councillor Roderick Swann, Chairperson of the council’s Planning Committee, said: “Given our new role as decision-makers and place shapers, we are committed to consulting widely with residents, businesses, local groups and organisations about our new planning responsibilities.

“With the bulk of planning powers now in the control of the Council, this is bringing decision-making closer to local people.”

A series of community engagement drop-in sessions are taking place during September to gain feedback on the Council’s draft proposals for involving the community.

Sessions are taking place at Crumlin Leisure Centre on September 17, Antrim Civic Centre, September 23 and Randalstown Arches, September 29, from 4pm to 8pm.

Councillor Swann added: “The Council’s Planning section has prepared a Draft Statement of Community Involvement which sets out how we propose to engage with the community.

“We believe that engagement is an essential part of the planning process both for today and to assist in directing our visions for the future of the Borough.

“In particular, as we take forward a new Plan for the Borough, we want to make sure that everyone has the opportunity to have a say in how we should shape our area in the future.”

If you are unable to attend these sessions, the draft consultation document is available at Mossley Mill and Antrim Civic Centre, by visiting www.antrimandnewtownabbey.gov.uk or by contacting the Planning Section on 0300 123 6677; 028 9034 0000 or text phone18001 028 9034 0000.

All responses to the consultation should be submitted in writing no later than October 6.