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Craigavon Town Centre Plan 2010
Preamble

The Craigavon Town Centre Boundaries and Retail Designations Plan 2010 is a development plan prepared under the provisions of Part III of the Planning (Northern Ireland) Order 1991 by the Planning Service, an Agency within the Department of the Environment (DoE).
The Draft Craigavon Area Plan 2010 was published in April 2000 and a Public Local Inquiry held by the Planning Appeals Commission during 2001 to consider the various objections received. The Inquiry covered a wide range of issues and, in relation to town centre boundaries and retail designations for the three centres of Central Craigavon, Lurgan and Portadown, concluded that these should be redrawn on the basis of a series of broad principles set out in the Commissioner’s Report.
The Department accepted this recommendation and the Craigavon Area Plan 2010 was adopted in August 2004, without town centre boundaries or related retail designations.
The Craigavon Town Centre Boundaries and Retail Designations Plan 2010 is additional to the Craigavon Area Plan 2010 and covers the three town centres of Central Craigavon, Lurgan and Portadown.
A Notice of Intention to prepare the Plan was given to Craigavon Borough Council on 21 February 2005.The Notice was published in the regional and local press during the weeks beginning 21 and 28 February 2005. It invited individuals and interested parties to submit initial comments on key issues which the Department should consider in preparing the Plan.
The Department published the Craigavon Town Centre Boundaries and Retail Designations Plan 2010 Issues Paper on 22 March 2005 in order to assist and inform the consultation process. The Issues Paper sought to stimulate debate and discussion focused on those issues of significance that would shape the preparation of the Draft Plan.
All comments received since the initial press notices in February 2005 have been considered by the Department in the preparation of the Draft Plan.
The Draft Plan has been prepared by an in-house planning team within the DOE Planning Service and has been informed by a Retail Study carried out by external consultants.
The Retail Study report and recommendations of the consultants have been taken into account in the preparation of the Plan and are published as one of a number of supporting documents to the Plan.
The Draft Plan was determined by the Department for Regional Development, in accordance with Article 28(3) of the Planning (Amendment)(Northern Ireland) Order 2003, to be in general conformity with the Regional Development Strategy.
The Department published the Draft Craigavon Town Centre Boundaries and Retail Designations Plan 2010 on December 2005. A total of 16 letters of objection and 13 counter-objections were received during the statutory public consultation periods that followed its publication.
The Department requested the Planning Appeals Commission (PAC) to facilitate an Independent Examination to consider these objections to the Draft Plan. The Examination was conducted over three days from 3 to 5 September 2007. The PAC forwarded its report on the Examination to the Department on 31 December 2007.
The recommendations contained in the PAC Report have been fully assessed by the Department and revisions made to the Plan accordingly. Full details of the Department’s response to the PAC recommendations are set out in the Plan Adoption Statement.
The Department is now publishing the Craigavon Town Centre Boundaries and Retail Designations Plan 2010. This document, comprising a written statement and maps, incorporates the amendments outlined in the Plan Adoption Statement and replaces the previous draft version of the Craigavon Town Centre Boundaries and Retail Designations Plan 2010.
The Retail Study and its subsequent Partial Update Addendum, which was published prior to the Independent Examination, do not form part of the statutory plan.
The accompanying maps comprise a Borough Map and Town Centre Maps illustrating Plan Proposals within the three town centres of Central Craigavon, Lurgan and Portadown
In the case of any contradiction between the Written Statement and any maps accompanying the Plan, the provisions of the Written Statement will prevail.
The Plan Proposals constitute considerations that the Department will take into account in determining planning applications within the Plan Area. The contents of the Plan must be read as a whole and in conjunction with the policies and proposals contained in the Craigavon Area Plan 2010, as several designations, policies and proposals may be relevant to a particular development proposal.
The Plan Proposals should not, however, be read as the only tests of acceptability for development proposals. The Plan Proposals sit alongside but do not supersede prevailing regional planning policy as set out in the Regional Development Strategy (RDS), Planning Policy Statements (PPSs), and A Planning Strategy for Rural Northern Ireland (The Rural Strategy). In making its decisions, the Department will assess proposals against all planning policies and other material considerations that are relevant to it. The contents of the Plan must therefore be read in conjunction with the relevant contents of regional planning policy publications, supplementary planning guidance documents and policy publications of other Government Departments.
In bringing forward proposals for planning permission, applicants must therefore take account of the content of prevailing regional policies and policy guidance, in addition to the specific polices and proposals contained in the Plan.
Nothing in the Adopted Plan should be read as a commitment that public resources will be provided for any specific project.
Unless otherwise stated, all references in the Plan to the ‘Department’, refer to the Department of the Environment.
All maps are reproduced by permission of the Ordnance Survey of Northern Ireland on behalf of the Controller of Her Majesty’s Stationery Office, Crown Copyright Reserved 2008.
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