Northern Ireland Planning Service

Green Light For New Police Training College

Published on Tue, 19 Jul 2005
Planning approval is to be granted for a new Police Training College at Desertcreat outside Cookstown.
Environment Minister Jeff Rooker said: "This approval will allow the PSNI to develop a single modern training facility to replace older facilities throughout Northern Ireland and is essential to their long-term training needs.
"In addition, it will represent a major investment in Cookstown, and indeed, the whole mid Ulster area."

Notes to Editors

  1. The proposal for the new purpose-built Police Training College includes:
    • a core campus building to accommodate teaching facilities;
    • a staff and student accommodation block;
    • a tactical urban training village;
    • a tactical rural training area;
    • a traffic and driver training facility;
    • an operational training facility;
    • a parade ground, car parking and other ancillary facilities.
  2. The site is 4.5 kilometres south of Cookstown, east of the Dungannon Road (A29). The land is bounded by Desertcreat Road, Dungannon Road and Downs Road. The area of the site extends to 93 hectares (230 acres).
  3. Regional Planning Policy is set out in the Regional Development Strategy for Northern Ireland.
  4. The Cookstown Area Plan 2010 (adopted June 2004) is the development plan for the area.
  5. The site is partly within the Cookstown Green Belt and partly within the rural remainder. The area of the site within the Green Belt is to be retained within agricultural use and used for occasional rural training purposes.
  6. Cookstown District Council agrees in principle with the proposal on the grounds that it is a major investment proposal and would benefit the District and Mid- Ulster Area generally.
  7. There was one objection to the proposal in relation to amenity, noise, and nature conservation issues. The objection was fully considered and properly addressed.
  8. The outline planning application (received 27 August 2004) was processed under the special arrangements set out in Article 31 of the Planning (NI) Order 1991. Under the arrangements the Department of the Environment (DOE) has three options; issue a notice of opinion to refuse, issue a notice of opinion to approve or call a Public Inquiry by the Planning Appeals Commission. In this instance, the Minister's decision is to issue a notice of opinion to approve.
  9. Further news media enquiries, contact DOE Press Office, telephone: 028 9054 0003.

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