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Planning Blueprint For Cookstown

Published on Tue, 6 Jul 2004
Angela Smith MP, the Environment Minister, has published a plan that will guide the development of the Cookstown District to 2010.
Angela Smith said: "I see the Cookstown Area Plan facilitating growth and becoming a sound basis for the future development of the Cookstown District.
"The publication of this Plan is a further indication of the progress being made by my Department towards providing up-to-date Area Plan coverage for all of Northern Ireland."
The Plan promotes Cookstown as the principal town of the District and supports the growth and regeneration of towns and villages within the District. It further seeks to sustain a living and working countryside and protects from inappropriate development in those areas which are environmentally sensitive. One hundred and forty eight hectares of land are identified for housing in the towns and villages and an additional 78 hectares of land, for industry and mixed business uses.
The importance of the District’s landscapes is recognised in the Plan, through the identification of various environmental designations throughout the District.

Notes to Editors

  1. The Cookstown Area Plan 2010, sets out a policy framework and land use proposals to guide development decisions within Cookstown District up to 2010. The Plan proposals are a material consideration in the determination of planning applications.
  2. The Draft Cookstown Area Plan was published in November 1999. Objections to the Draft Plan were considered at a Public Inquiry held during October to December 2000, and presided over by the Planning Appeals Commission (PAC).
  3. DOE considered the PAC Report of the Public Inquiry and the Plan was adopted on 25th June 2004.
  4. The Plan can be purchased from the Divisional Planning Office, County Hall, Drumragh Avenue, Omagh, BT79 7AE, Telephone number (028) 82 254000 and can be accessed on this website.
  5. Angus Kerr from Planning Service, delivered the Area Plan to Cookstown District Council Chairman, Councillor Trevor Wilson and Chief Executive, Michael McGuckin, on Monday 5 July. (Picture available DOE Press Office).
  6. Further news media enquiries to Brian Kirk, DOE Press Office, tel 028 9054 0003,
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