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Attwood announces planning permission for first police, prison and fire officer training facility in Northern Ireland

Published on Wed, 9 Jan 2013 by ecomms@doeni.gov.uk.
Environment Minister Alex Attwood today granted planning permission for the Northern Ireland Community Safety College.
Full planning permission has been granted for a Joint Services Training College for the Police Service of Northern Ireland (PSNI), the Northern Ireland Prison Service (the NIPS) and the Northern Ireland Fire and Rescue Service (the NIF&RS) at Desertcreat Road near Cookstown.

The academic campus, at over 23,000 sqm, will provide new teaching, training and residential facilities together with associated car parking, access, landscaping and other ancillary site works. The proposal also includes construction of a single wind turbine.

Speaking on the decision Alex Attwood said: “The granting of full planning permission is an important step in the development of this significant project. This is why a timely decision here was crucial. This application was submitted on 15 June 2012. Following detailed pre-application discussions with the chief consultees and the applicant on the main issues and the broad parameters of the layout and design, I am in a position to announce this decision today. ”

Alex Attwood concluded: “Significant progress has been made in dealing with all major planning applications and this decision demonstrates the benefits of the recent initiatives I have introduced within the Department. This timely planning decision facilitates the delivery of a much needed training facility and its contribution is helping the services protect citizens.”

This is an Article 31 application, one of a number the Minister has announced recently.

Notes to editors:

1. Planning application I/2012/0240/F was submitted to DOE Planning and Local Government Group on 15 June 2012.
2. The applicants are the Police Service of Northern Ireland.

3. The application was submitted following outline approval for a Police Training College on the site.

4. The application was for a Joint Services Training College (for the Police Service of Northern Ireland, the Northern Ireland Prison Service, and the Northern Ireland Fire and Rescue Service) consisting of new teaching, training and residential facilities together with associated car parking, access, landscaping and other ancillary site works.

5. The site is located in Drumlin landscape countryside approximately three kilometres south of Cookstown on the eastern side of the A29 Dungannon Road. The application land has been under the control of the Department of Agriculture and Rural Development, and used by Loughry College as a training facility for its agricultural courses.

6. The Department received one objection.

7. The application was designated one of major importance under Article 31 of the Planning (NI) Order.

8. The application was dealt with by the DOE’s Strategic Planning Division.

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