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Planners Seek Views On Northern Ireland's Largest Conservation Area

Published on Fri, 15 Oct 2004
Planning Service Chief Executive, David Ferguson, announced the launch of a public consultation exercise on the Malone Conservation Area in Belfast today.
David Ferguson said:
"Malone is the largest Conservation Area in Northern Ireland. It was designated in August 2000 to recognise the area’s distinctive character and appearance. This exhibits a very high standard of townscape character with many period Victorian and Edwardian properties mixed with important inter-war development. The area is important both architecturally and historically and provides an interesting social commentary on the residential development of this part of south Belfast.
"In view of its size and historic development pattern, Planning Service recognises that there are a number of distinctive areas within Malone which display their own unique characteristics. Because of this diversity, a detailed character appraisal has now been prepared and issued for public comment."
Mr Ferguson explained that Planning Service had commissioned a local conservation area architect, John MacIllhagga, RIBA, to prepare a detailed report on the Malone area. The report addressed a number of important factors, such as historical development, spatial quality and character and appearance, which contribute to the overall quality of the Conservation Area. The consultation launched today, is based on the architect's report and the recommendations it contains.
David Ferguson added "I recognise the importance of community support and I would encourage everyone, particularly people living in the area to have their say through the public consultation process."

Notes to Editors

  1. Malone Conservation Area was designated on 4 August 2000.
  2. The Consultation Paper and the McIlhagga Report can be accessed on this website and copies of the consultation paper are also available, free of charge, from Belfast Divisional Planning Office, Bedford House, 16-22 Bedford Street, BELFAST BT2 7FD.
  3. The public consultation exercise will end on 18 February 2005.
  4. Further News Media information contact DOE Press Office Tel: 028 9054 0003
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