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Dungannon and South Tyrone Area Plan 2010
Policy Framework: Community Uses


Responsibility for the provision of educational facilities in Dungannon and South Tyrone Borough rests mainly with the Southern Education and Library Board (SELB) Opens link in a new browser window and the Council for Catholic Maintained Schools (CCMS) Opens link in a new browser window, supplemented by a number of voluntary authorities. Central Government retains overall responsibility for education policy and finance.

Pre-school Education

The Government is committed to providing the opportunity of pre­school education for all children in their immediate pre-school year. This commitment will be delivered through a combination of statutory, voluntary and private sector provision co-ordinated by the Pre-School Advisory Group of the SELB.
It is anticipated that the need for additional facilities for the provision of pre-school education in Dungannon and South Tyrone Borough will be met on the sites of existing nursery and primary schools or at other appropriate locations within settlements.

Primary Education

Capital works programmes are ongoing, with plans at various stages for new and replacement schools within the Borough, including Edendork PS., St. Peter’s Moy, St. Joseph’s Galbally, Castlecaulfield PS., St. Patrick’s PS. Donaghmore, Windmill Integrated Dungannon and Richmond PS. Ballygawley. Gaelscoil ui Neill is being established near Coalisland.
It is anticipated that there will only be a limited demand for additional land for primary education facilities in the Borough over the Plan period.

Secondary Education

A replacement school has recently been constructed at Drumglass High School and an integrated college has also been completed at Gortmerron Link Road, Dungannon. A major extension and refurbishment scheme has also been completed recently at the Royal School, Dungannon. Capital works programmes are ongoing, with plans at various stages for new, replacement schools within the Borough for St. Joseph’s Grammar School Donaghmore, St. Patrick’s Academy, Dungannon, St. Patrick’s College, Dungannon and Fivemiletown High School.
It is anticipated that there will only be a limited demand for additional land for secondary education facilities in the Borough over the Plan period. There will be some implications for disposal of residual sites.

Special Schools

Sperrinview Special School is located at Coalisland Road, Dungannon, having replaced the special school on Carland Road, Dungannon. It is not anticipated that there will be a requirement for additional land for special needs education facilities over the Plan period.

Further Education

Further Education facilities in the Borough are provided by the East Tyrone College of Further and Higher Education at its Circular Road campus in Dungannon. A new College is currently under construction at this site.

Libraries and Youth Services

The SELB is also responsible for library provision within the Borough. There are libraries in Dungannon, Coalisland, Moy and Fivemiletown and a mobile library service is provided for rural parts of the Borough. No change in respect of library facilities is anticipated over the Plan period.
The Board’s Youth Service provides youth club facilities at Fivemiletown High School, Aughnacloy High School and St. Ciaran’s High School, Ballygawley. Financial assistance is also given to a number of church and community based clubs throughout the Borough.

Health and Social Services

It is the responsibility of the Southern Health and Social Services Board to assess the health and social care needs of people living within Dungannon and South Tyrone Borough and, with General Practice Fundholders, to secure care to meet those needs - in keeping with available resources. Provision of community health and social care services rests mainly with the Dungannon and Armagh Health and Social Services Trust, supplemented by a number of smaller agencies. The Department of Health, Social Services & Public Safety retains overall responsibility for policy and funding of major capital works. There is no statutory requirement to identify land for major development proposals in this sector.

Community Services

Dungannon and South Tyrone Borough Council’s Development Department is responsible for co-ordinating programmes of support for community-based initiatives within the Borough. The Council assists community groups in identifying projects for their areas and provides revenue funding for community centres within the Borough.

Regional Policy Context

The Regional Development Strategy (RDS) identifies Dungannon as a main hub. It is envisaged that the town centres of hubs will be developed as locations providing employment, essential services and a range of cultural and leisure amenities. Decisions on the future location of new public sector development for a variety of functions, including health and education, will take into account the strategic role of the main towns.
The Department’s regional planning policies for community uses in Dungannon & South Tyrone Borough are currently set out in A Planning Strategy for Rural Northern Ireland.
Relevant 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.
Plan Policy COM 1 Community Uses
Planning permission will normally be granted for community uses within settlement limits provided all the following criteria are met:
  • there is no significant detrimental effect on amenity;
  • the proposal would not prejudice comprehensive development, particularly on zoned sites, and it is not on a Phase 2 housing zoning;
  • there is no significant conflict with recognised conservation interests;
  • the proposals are in keeping with the size and character of the settlement and its surroundings;
  • where necessary, additional infrastructure is provided by the developer;
  • there are satisfactory access, parking and sewage disposal arrangements, and
  • the proposal is in accordance with prevailing regional planning policies and the policies, requirements and guidance contained in the Plan.
An unforeseen demand for new community facilities may arise over the lifetime of the Plan. Accordingly, a flexible approach is required in considering such development within settlement limits in order to make the most effective use of existing facilities, infrastructure, utilities and resources.
It should be noted that community facilities will not normally be permitted on Phase 2 housing land, in the period up to the housing land review. Exceptions may be made for health and education uses where a need has been established (see Plan Policy HOUS 1).
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