Public consultation opens on draft Local Development Plan representations

28th February 2019

Representations received as part of the public consultation undertaken for the Local Development Plan draft Plan Strategy for the Fermanagh and Omagh District are now available to view for counter representations to be made.

The Local Development Plan will help to shape the District’s future development and growth and will set out the planning policy framework for making day to day decisions on planning applications.

The Local Development Plan draft Plan Strategy public consultation, which ran from 26 October to 21 December 2018, provided members of the public with the opportunity to provide feedback on the draft Plan Strategy based on the tests of ‘soundness’ i.e. that it is prepared properly following relevant legislative procedures; that it has taken account of regional policy and guidance and the Fermanagh and Omagh Community Plan; and that it is based on a strong evidence base, provides for implementation and monitoring and is flexible to adapt to changing circumstances.

Representations made as part of the public consultation are now published to allow for counter representation. This provides an opportunity for members of the public to respond to ‘site specific policy’. ‘Site specific policy’ is a policy in a development plan document which identifies a site for a particular use or development. ‘Site specific policy’ representation means any representation that seeks to change a development plan by adding a site specific policy to the development plan document or altering or deleting any site specific policy in the development plan document.

Counter representations may be made on the basis of soundness and sustainability of the draft Plan Strategy. They must not propose any further changes to the draft Plan Strategy.

Representations are available to view on Fermanagh and Omagh District Council’s website, www.fermanaghomagh.com. Alternatively, a hard copy of representations is available to view at Council offices at the Planning Department, 7 Shore Road (former Visitor Information Centre) and the Townhall, Enniskillen and Strule House, 16 High Street and The Grange, Mountjoy Road, Omagh.

Copies of the counter representations form along with guidance notes are also available at the same Council offices or are available to download from the Council website.

The 8 week public consultation closes at 5.00pm on Thursday 11 April 2019. Counter representations received after this time will not be accepted.