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Attwood gives green light to Peace Building and Conflict Resolution Centre at the Maze

Published on Thu, 18 Apr 2013 by ecomms@doeni.gov.uk.
Environment Minister Alex Attwood today granted planning permission for a Peace Building and Conflict Resolution Centre at the Maze.
The decision of the Maze/ Long Kesh redevelopment follows the recent approval for the relocation of the Balmoral show to the site. The building was designed by world renowned architect Daniel Libeskind along with McAdam Design.

A further application for minor works to the listed and retained buildings on the Maze site has also been granted planning permission today.

Commenting on his decision, Minister Attwood said: “I have today granted permission for the proposed centre. There is learning to be taken from the conflict here. The centre can contribute to sharing this learning and perhaps to help inform the resolution of conflict in other places.

“I believe that good planning needs good design. That is certainly the case in the design of the Centre created by Daniel Libeskind, a world leader in architecture and a friend of Northern Ireland.”

Commenting on the speed of the planning decision Alex Attwood said: "I was able to grant planning permission for such a major scheme like this in less than six months. This is another example of the benefit of pro-active pre-application discussion and community consultation in dealing with major planning applications of regional significance, such as this. This will play a significant part in meeting a target of the EU funding programme and I am determined to continue making major planning decisions speedily and accurately and making a planning system more fit to achieve its purpose.”

Notes to editors:

1. Planning application S/2012/0691/F was submitted to DOE Planning and Local Government Group on 19 November 2012.
2. Planning application S/2013/0038/F was submitted to DOE Planning and Local Government Group on 25 January 2013.
3. The applicants are Maze Long Kesh Development Corporation.
4. The applications were for the erection of a Peace-building and Conflict Resolution Centre, car parking, public realm and ancillary works utilising existing access from Halftown Road and External works for level access to listed and retained buildings for disabled access, minor changes to laundry building to facilitate combined heat and power system, elevational change to visitor building, underground LPG tank and associated works.
5. The Department received one objection to the applications.
6. The Peace building application was designated one of major importance under Article 31 of the Planning (NI) Order.
7. The application was dealt with by the Department of Environment’s Strategic Planning Division.
8. For media enquiries contact DOE Press Office Tel: 028 9025 6057.Out of office hours, call the Executive Information Service’s Duty Press Officer on 07699 715440 and your call will be returned.
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