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Sam Foster Invites Ideas For The Future Development Of The Belfast Metropolitan Area

Published on Fri, 7 Dec 2001
Where will the new houses, businesses and leisure facilities of the 21st Century be located in the greater Belfast area? How should our built and natural heritage be protected? Where should open spaces be located?
These were key questions being asked by Environment Minister Sam Foster today when he launched the Issues Paper for the Belfast Metropolitan Area Plan (BMAP).
In seeking to improve the economic growth and quality of life for its 650,000 citizens, BMAP will provide a planning Framework, which will cover the Belfast, Carrickfergus, Castlereagh, Lisburn, Newtownabbey and North Down Borough Councils.
In launching the BMAP Issues Paper in Crawfordsburn today, Mr Foster said:
"The Issues Paper is a key component in the development of BMAP. It gives everyone the opportunity to have his or her say on the future development of the Metropolitan Area.
"I am calling on community, voluntary and environmental groups, the trade and industry sector, elected representatives and members of the general public to respond to this Issues Paper. It is their area; it is their future.
"Responses need not be confined to issues, which have been raised in the Issues Paper. The BMAP team is keen to receive any views and suggestions, relevant to the development plan, in regard to the future development of the Metropolitan Area. All responses must however, be submitted to the Department not later than 22 March 2002.
"In order to further assist the debate the DOE has appointed PricewaterhouseCoopers in association with staff from Queens University and the Urban Institute at the University of Ulster to undertake, early in the new year, a comprehensive and wide-ranging public consultation on the Issues Paper. In this way it is hoped that all sections of the community can play their part not only in helping to shape the policies of BMAP, but also in developing a new inclusive vision for the Belfast Metropolitan Area."

Notes to Editors

  1. The Belfast Metropolitan Area Plan 2015 Issues Paper was officially launched in Crawfordsburn Countryside Centre at 10.30am on Friday 7th December by Mr Sam Foster MLA, Minister of the Environment.
  2. Representatives of the six Councils were also in attendance.
  3. Copies of the Issues Paper may be obtained, free of charge, from the Plan Team at Clarence Court, Adelaide Street, Belfast, or from the offices of the six Councils. It can also be accessed on this website.
  4. For the visually impaired the Paper will be made available on request in large print, braille or on audiotape.
  5. During the first three months of 2002 a series of public meetings arranged and chaired by Pricewaterhouse Coopers in association with staff from Queens University and the Urban Institute at the University of Ulster, will be held at venues throughout the Plan. The detailed arrangements for these events will be advertised in the local press.
  6. Information on background to BMAP – contact Pat Quinn on 028 9054 0728.
  7. For further media information please contact Philip Maguire DOE Press Office Tel 028 9054 0013
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