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Planners Look To Future With Newtownabbey Council

Published on Mon, 29 Jan 2001
DOE planners working on the new Belfast Metropolitan Area Plan will meet the Newtownabby Borough Council tonight (Monday 29 January) at 7pm in the Council Offices at the new Mossley Mill complex.
This is part of the extensive consultation process with elected representatives to create the Belfast Metropolitan Area Plan (BMAP) launched by Environment Minister, Sam Foster, earlier this month.
An Issues Paper, which will raise matters likely to determine the shape of future development in the Plan Area, will be published in the autumn following these meetings with Councils and a wide range of other interested groups.
This new Metropolitan Plan aims to maximise economic growth and improve the quality of life for the 650,000 citizens of the greater Belfast area.
BMAP will cover the Belfast, Carrickfergus, Castlereagh, Lisburn, Newtownabbey, and North Down Councils Areas and will be the biggest area plan ever undertaken in Northern Ireland. It will provide an essential framework for guiding investment and identifying land use proposals which will help guide development decisions in the greater Belfast area up to the year 2015.

Notes to Editors

  1. The Minister of the Environment, Mr Sam Foster MLA announced that work has started on the Belfast Metropolitan Area Plan 2015 (BMAP) at a launch in City Hall Belfast at Wednesday 10 January.
  2. It will be a Development Plan prepared by the DOE’s Planning Service.
  3. Meetings have been held with Belfast City, Carrickfergus and North Down Borough Councils. Meetings will be held with Lisburn and Castlereagh Borough Councils next month.
  4. Further information contact Paddy Murphy DOE Press Office tel. 02890540014.
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