Public urged to have their say on vital plans for Derry City & Strabane District

The public consultation for the draft Strategic Growth Plan and the Local Development Plan Preferred Options Paper is well underway, and people are reminded that further information sessions will be taking place throughout June.

The strategies are the result of an extensive campaign of public engagement and everyone can have a say in how they now take shape by providing their feedback at a series of public meetings or online.

The Strategic Growth Plan is the City and District’s Community Plan which sets out the long-term vision for the development and improvement of the social, economic and environmental well-being of the DCSDC area.

The Local Development Plan Preferred Options Paper sets out the Council’s initial proposals and policy direction, hopefully stimulating public feedback and comment and helping interested parties to become involved in a more meaningful way at this earliest stage of Plan preparation.

Mayor of Derry City and Strabane District, Councillor Maolíosa McHugh, urged local people to read both strategies and to consider their potential impact on the City and District going forwards. “Community Planning is a new power for Council and one which we must properly utilise, working with our partners to drive positive change across all areas of the district. The Local Development Plan will assist the delivery of the Strategic Growth Plan by guiding development and encouraging investment, co-ordinating infrastructure for our people and protecting our environment to beyond 2032

“These strategies map the way forward until 2032, so it’s important that we ensure at the planning stage that they reflect the genuine needs and aspirations of all those who live in our community. This will give us a strong platform on which we can base the successful delivery of both the Strategic Growth Plan and its spatial realisation in the LDP.”

Head of Planning with Council, Maura Fox, said: “We hope that the Preferred Options Paper for the LDP will stimulate public debate and feedback as we seek to develop a comprehensive and fit-for-purpose development framework for the sustainable development of the District.

“The public meetings provide the opportunity for everyone – not just industry experts – to come along and give their views on the options laid out in the paper, and to have a direct influence on how we shape the future development of our District.”

A series of events are now taking place throughout the month to give the public more insight into both reports and to gauge their views. These meetings are being held at a variety of venues across the District Electoral Areas during both afternoons and evenings to give everyone with an interest the opportunity to attend.

To find out more about the public consultation roadshow events in your area, see the press advertisements and information at the Council Offices, public buildings and social media. For further details, go to www.derrystrabane.com/Subsites/Community-Planning/Public-Consultation

To read the full digital copy of the draft Community Plan, go to www.derrystrabane.com/Community-Planning.

To read the Preferred Options Paper for the Local Development Plan and contribute your views, go to www.derrystrabane.com/ldp

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