Virtual engagement will allow for continued participation in the planning system during pandemic

MID and East Antrim Borough Council has updated its Statement of Community Involvement to ensure the public can continue to be involved in the planning process during the ongoing coronavirus pandemic.

While members of the public would normally be invited to view documents in person it is not possible to visit the Planning Office at present.

However, the Council are still keen to hear the views of those who live and work in our borough, as well as other stakeholders including environmental groups, landowners and elected representatives.

Members of the public can make contact by telephone and speak to dedicated Council Officers, while information on planning applications and the Local Development Plan will also be made available on our website, with hard copies available on request.

Elected members at this month’s meeting of Full Council agreed the proposals, which will now be submitted to the Department for Infrastructure.

Chair of Council’s Planning Committee, Alderman Audrey Wales MBE, welcomed the work undertaken to date.

“It is essential that our people, businesses, community and voluntary groups, and others, are given the opportunity to help shape the future development of Mid and East Antrim.

“The Local Development Plan is key to delivering sustainable development and improving the quality of life and wellbeing of the citizens in our borough.

“The way in which we fulfil our duties across all sections of public life and local government has had to change during the Coronavirus pandemic, but I welcome the work that has been done by our Council Officers to make sure that we are still able to engage with the views of the public at this important juncture.”

Councillor Timothy Gaston, Chair of Council’s Borough Growth Committee, said: “Sustainable and informed planning decisions and developments are central to Council’s strategic priority for invigorating the economy of Mid and East Antrim.

“I would encourage everyone to feed into the engagement process as we shape the future development of the borough through the Local Development Plan 2030. This plan needs to be fit for purpose to deliver growth for our local businesses and homes for our next generation. It is important that we get plenty of public engagement to make sure the plan reflects and delivers for our people.”

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