Belfast Metropolitan Area Plan 2015
Strategic Plan Framework: Education, Health, Community & Cultural Facilities (Page 1 of 3)
Regional Policy Context
The Regional Development Strategy (RDS) provides the strategic context for the delivery of community services including education and health care and includes Strategic Planning Guidelines and measures for Northern Ireland as follows:
- facilitate a programme of infrastructure improvements essential to business needs and identify the infrastructure of social, cultural and community facilities which enhance the quality of life (SPG-ECON 5);
- to maintain and enhance identifiable local centre’s of commerce and community services throughout the Metropolitan Area (BMA 2.1); and
- to improve employability through lifelong learning and personal development and meet the educational and training needs of the region (SPG-ECON 6).
The Rural Strategy contains current regional policies for community needs. Policy SETT 6 of the Plan extends the application of the extant policies of Rural Strategy to the entire Plan Area.
Supplementary Planning Guidance is contained in Development Control Advice Note 9 ‘Residential and Nursing Homes’ and Development Control Advice Note 13 ‘Crèches, Day Nurseries and Pre-school Playgroups’.
|BMA Education, Health, Community and Cultural Facilities Strategy|
The BMA Education, Health, Community and Cultural Facilities Strategy comprises the following elements:
The Department has consulted the relevant bodies with statutory responsibility for service provision. The Plan identifies sufficient land to meet the needs of the service providers within the Plan Area. Specific proposals are contained in the relevant District Proposals.