Antrim & Newtownabbey

Current status Reporting Stage

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1st July 2022

The Matters arising from Weeks 3 & 4 of the public hearing sessions have been added to our dedicated Matters Arising webpage (here)

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29th June 2022

The public hearing sessions have now finished and the protocol for the remainder of the independent examination is set out in the closing notes. This document can be found on our Antrim & Newtownabbey Examination Library page here [Ref ED008]

The Commissioner thanks all participants for their valuable contribution to the process.

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17th June 2022

The Commission has a YouTube Channel to stream the hearing sessions live. 

https://youtube.com/channel/UCOzcxPyBJzH3XbF13M_t52w

Those wishing to view the sessions should go to our channel and select the video tab on this page.

On Desktop and Laptop devices you should be able to select "Upcoming live streams" however on Mobile or Tablet devices you may need to refresh this page once the hearing commences for the stream to appear.

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15th June 2022

The Commission has updated the Questions of Weeks 3 & 4 document to version 2 [ED007]

**Please note that none of the questions have changed from version 1**

Due to a number of participants no longer attending, the three issues without questions have been removed (Homes in the Countryside, Private Open Space & Living Over the Shop).

This document can be found on our Antrim & Newtownabbey Examination Library page here

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14th June 2022

The Commission has updated the Hearing Programme for weeks 3 & 4 (Version 3). [ED005]  

This document can be found on our Antrim & Newtownabbey Examination Library page here

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8th June 2022

Antrim and Newtownabbey Borough Council have provided Matters Arising MA003 and MA006 following the Council's Planning Committee meeting on 16th May 2022.

Both of these matters can be found on our dedicated Matters Arising web-page (here)

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27th May 2022

The Commission has published the Questions [ED007] for the public hearing sessions of the Independent examination (Weeks 3 & 4) to be conducted from Monday 20th June 2022 - Thursday 30th June 2022 inclusive.

The Commission has also updated the Hearing Programme for weeks 3 & 4 (Version 2). [ED005]  **Please note that week 4 of the Hearing Programme has been streamlined and has been reorganised significantly from version 1**

These documents can be found on our Antrim & Newtownabbey Examination Library page here

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20th May 2022

The Matters for Week 2 have been added to our dedicated Matters Arising web-page (here)

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6th May 2022

During the course of the public hearing sessions matters may arise during discussion where the Commissioner may ask a participant to provide further information and/or documentation.  These ‘Matters arising’ will be collated and published on a weekly basis to the Commission’s website. The Matters for Week 1 have been added to our dedicated Matters Arising web-page (here)

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3rd May 2022

The opening notes [ED006] for the Independent Examination are now available on our Examination Library webpage here 

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29th April 2022

The Commission has published the Hearing Programme for weeks 3 & 4 [ED005] of the public hearing sessions of the Independent examination, to be conducted from Monday 20th June 2022 - Friday 1st July 2022 inclusive. The Commission has also updated the Hearing Programme for weeks 1 & 2. [ED003] These documents can be found on our AN Examination Library page here 

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28th April 2022

The Commission has a YouTube Channel to stream the hearing sessions live. 

https://youtube.com/channel/UCOzcxPyBJzH3XbF13M_t52w

Those wishing to view the sessions should go to our channel and select the video tab on this page.

On Desktop and Laptop devices you should be able to select "Upcoming live streams" however on Mobile or Tablet devices you may need to refresh this page once the hearing commences for the stream to appear.

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25th April 2022

As a number of parties have decided to no longer participate in the Hearing sessions, the Commission has updated the Hearing Programme [ED003] and Questions for week 1 & 2 [ED004]. These documents can be found on our website here.

Two corrections have also been made to the Guidance Notes for Participants document [ED002] namely the date on paragraph 5.5 should read Friday 27th May 2022 and on paragraph 5.6 the public hearing sessions are only anticipated to run until 16.00.

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8th April 2022

The Commission has published the Questions [ED004] for the initial public hearing sessions of the Independent examination (Weeks 1 & 2) to be conducted from Tuesday 3rd May 2022 - Friday 13th May 2022 inclusive.

This document can be found on our Antrim & Newtownabbey Examination Library page here

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4th April 2022

The Commission has updated the Hearing Programme (Version 2) [ED003] which can be found on our AN Examination Library page here 

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8th March 2022

The Commission has published the Remote Hearings Protocol, Guidance Notes, and the Hearing Programme for the initial public hearing sessions of the Independent examination, to be conducted from Tuesday 3rd May 2022 - Friday 13th May 2022 inclusive. These documents can be found on our AN Examination Library page here [Ref ED001 - ED003]

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16th September 2021

The Department for Infrastructure has appointed the Planning Appeals Commission to conduct an Independent Examination of the Antrim & Newtownabbey Borough Council Local Development Plan. Programme Officer, James Bickerstaff, has reviewed the draft Plan Strategy documents supplied directly by Antrim & Newtownabbey Borough Council and the Commission has assigned Commissioner Andrew Speirs to perform the IE. 

The Commissioner will proceed to undertaking a series of checks to ensure that all essential regulatory steps have been taken by the Council and to identify any fundamental concerns about the soundness of the plan. Following these checks, the Commissioner may request further written evidence and an exploratory meeting may be held. If an exploratory meeting is not required we will proceed to arrange the hearing sessions. 

The Programme Officer will make contact with all parties who made representations in due course. All communications in relation to this examination should be directed to James Bickerstaff, on 028 9089 3919 or by sending an email to AN.LDP@pacni.gov.uk . 

Further information regarding the Commission’s procedures for Independent Examinations can be found in our procedures document here