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Football pitch and community project approved for Ballynahinch

Published on Tue, 27 Jan 2015 by ecomms@doeni.gov.uk.
Environment Minister, Mark H Durkan, has announced planning permission for the provision of a 3G synthetic football pitch and allotments in Ballynahinch.
The development, which includes access paths, lighting and environmental facilities as well as associated parking will occupy land between Hillcrest Drive and Loughside Drive.

Mark H Durkan said: “This scheme will provide a new sporting and community facility on an area of existing open space within the centre of the town.

“This planning approval is great news for the local community in Ballynahinch. It provides for a new synthetic football pitch and allotments that will benefit the area for many years to come. It will also provide a jobs boost during the construction phase.”

Notes to editors:

1. Planning application R/2013/0307/F for the Provision of a 3G football pitch; ball stop fencing 4.2m high; 8 x 15 high floodlights, access boardwalk, planting, bird boxes, car parking, allotments with 1.8m high mesh fencing walkway was submitted to the Department on the 3 July 2013. It was recommended for approval at meeting of Down Council on 26 January 2015.

2. The project, which includes parking and associated development between Hillcrest Drive and Loughside Drive, is part of the Sharing our Space (SOS) Programme funded through the European Union’s PEACE III Programme, Priority 2 Contributing to a Shared Society, Theme 1 Creating Shared Public Spaces.

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