Local Development Plan Draft Plan Strategy – Proposed Changes Consultation

Fermanagh and Omagh District Council has cancelled and is re-running its consultation on the proposed changes to the Local Development Plan draft Plan Strategy.

The original Schedule of Proposed Changes did not accurately reflect the agreed position of the Council, particularly in relation to policies MIN04 – Unconventional Hydrocarbon Extraction, FLD03 – Sustainable Drainage Systems, RE01 – Renewable and Low Carbon Energy Generation and HOU17 – Affordable Housing in the Countryside. The Schedule has now been updated to reflect all the changes agreed with Councillors. The Council apologises for any concern which the publication of the inaccurate information has caused.

No changes are proposed to the wording of draft Policy MIN04 and the agreed draft policy wording can be found in the Draft Plan Strategy document as published in October 2018. As there are no proposed changes to draft Policy MIN04 – Unconventional Hydrocarbon Extraction, it is not included in the Schedule of Proposed Changes.

As a result of the public consultation exercise for the LDP Draft Plan Strategy, Fermanagh and Omagh District Council has considered all representations and is now proposing a number of changes to the Draft Plan Strategy in response to the consultation process. These changes will be subject to a formal 8-week public consultation from Thursday 8th October 2020 to Thursday 3rd December 2020.

The Schedule is accompanied by Addendums to the Sustainability Appraisal, the Habitats Regulation Assessment, Rural Needs Impact Assessment and Equality Impact Screening Report.

In preparing these proposed changes, account has been taken of Development Plan Practice Note 10 – Submitting Development Plan Documents for Independent Examination (December 2019) https://bit.ly/3eY6z1g

The documents are available to view on this webpage at the links above, and in paper format from Wednesday 7th October 2020.

Due to the ongoing COVID-19 situation, the paper format of the Schedule of Proposed Changes and supporting assessments can be inspected by appointment only between the hours of 9.00am and 5.00pm from Wednesday 7th October 2020 at the Connect Centres: Strule House, 16 High Street, Omagh, Co Tyrone, BT78 1BQ and County Buildings, 15 East Bridge Street, Enniskillen, Co Fermanagh, BT74 7BW.

Telephone 0300 303 1777 or text phone 028 82256216 for an appointment. Social distancing measures will apply to anyone visiting these offices.

Alternative formats
The documents can be made available in different formats upon request. If you would like this document in another format, please contact the Development Plan Team at developmentplan@fermanagomagh.com or on the telephone numbers above. If for any reason a particular alternative format cannot be met, other possible solutions will be required.

Comments made should only address and relate to the soundness of the proposed changes as this consultation is not an opportunity to add to the previous representations, or to make new comments on parts of the original Draft Plan Strategy and such comments will be disregarded. Further information on ‘soundness’ and the soundness tests can be found in revised DPPN 06 available at https://bit.ly/2D1dbhf

Comments on the Proposed Changes can be submitted in writing by either:

Local Development Plan
Strule House
16 High Street
Omagh
Co Tyrone
BT78 1BQ

Please ensure that you include your full contact details on any correspondence with us. This includes name, postal address, telephone number and email address (where available).
This is to ensure that:

  • The independent examiner can contact you as part of the examination process to, if necessary, clarify the responses you have made or to invite you to participate in the examination; and
  • We can notify you about the progress of the Plan Strategy following this consultation.

If an Agent is being used, only his or her contact details are needed if they are submitting the comments on your behalf.

The deadline for comments is Thursday 3rd December 2020. Comments received after this deadline will not be accepted.

It should be noted that comments received cannot be treated as confidential. All comments will be made available for public inspection and placed on the Council’s website. However, all personal contact details (personal telephone numbers, email addresses, signatures and sensitive personal data) will remain confidential. A copy of comments will be supplied to the Department for Infrastructure and the Planning Appeals Commission as part of the Independent Examination process. Further details are available in the Council’s privacy notice: www.fermanaghomagh.com/your-council/privacy-statement/

Next Steps
As soon as reasonably practicable after the expiry date of the consultation period, the Council will submit the draft Plan Strategy and all associated documents to the Department for Infrastructure, for Independent Examination (IE). All documents submitted to the Department, including those comments received to the proposed changes, will also be made available for inspection.

Further information