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Nesbitt Welcomes Antrim, Ballymena And Larne 2016 Area Plan Issue Papers

Published on Tue, 21 May 2002
An important step in the future development of Antrim, Ballymena and Larne Council areas took place today when Environment Minister, Dermot Nesbitt MLA, announced the publication of the 2016 Issues Paper.
The Minister said: "The publication of this Issues Paper is an important stage in preparing the Antrim, Ballymena and Larne Area Plan 2016. Up to now we have been gathering information, carrying out research and engaging in preliminary consultation with Councillors, community organisations, and other government departments and agencies about future needs of this area.
"The Issues Paper we are publishing today is the first fruit of that work, and provides an opportunity for everyone to engage in a real and meaningful discussion about the future needs of this area."
The Issues Paper will provide the vehicle through which local people can express their opinion of how their locality develops in the future.
Speaking at the launch, Chief Executive of DOE Planning Service, Hugh McKay said: "A wide range of issues are addressed in this paper, all of which are important to the future development of this area. Of particular importance are:
  • the distribution of housing development, generated from the indicators established by the Regional Development Strategy 2025;
  • the development of the Main Towns of Antrim, Ballymena and Larne and the Key Transport Corridors of the Plan area as the focus for economic development;
  • the promotion of the regional gateways of Larne Port and Belfast International Airport as economic development opportunities;
  • the development of sustainable recreation and tourism within the Plan area;
  • the balance of development pressures against the protection of the natural and man-made environment;
  • the extent of the Greenbelts and Countryside Policy Areas."
Emphasising the need for public participation in the preparation of the Triple Plan, Mr McKay said: "I cannot stress too highly the importance of Councillors, community organisations and the public contributing positively and constructively to the preparation of the Antrim, Ballymena and Larne Area Plan 2016.
"This is your opportunity to contribute to the preparation of your plan for your area. Everybody should take time to make their views known as to what that plan should say.
"That is why I have engaged Community Technical Aid, an independent voluntary organisation, to carry out a programme of community and public consultation on the important issues which this paper raises. CTA have, as a result, arranged a round of public meetings in all the Council areas covered by the Plan. I would encourage as many as possible to attend those meetings, and to make their views on these important issues known."

Notes to Editors

The Antrim, Ballymena and Larne Area Plan 2016 – Issues Paper was launched at 2.30pm on Tuesday 21 May 2002 in the Ross Park Hotel Kells. The public meetings are listed below.
The new Area Plan will replace the existing Plans covering the three District Council Areas of Antrim, Ballymena and Larne that comprise the Plan area. These are the Antrim Area Plan 1984-2001 and the Ballymena Area Plan 1986-2001 and their associated Alterations and the Larne Area Plan 2010.
The Plan is being prepared under Part III of the Planning (Northern Ireland) Order 1991 and is one of a number of Plans currently being prepared with a view to ensuring complete and up-to-date Plan coverage of all Council Areas in Northern Ireland by the end of 2005.
The closing date for responses to the Issues Paper is 30 August 2002.
The Plan is being prepared by a team based in the Planning Service Offices at County Hall, Ballymena and may be contacted at: Planning Service, County Hall, Galgorm Road, BALLYMENA BT42 1QF, Tel: 028 2565 3333, E mail:
For further media information please contact Philip Maguire, DOE Press Office, Tel 028 9054 0013: mobile 07713 652815.
The following are the times, dates and venues of the public meetings and drop in sessions organised by Community Technical Aid:

Public Meetings

Monday, 27 May 2002
Larne Library, 36 Pound Street, Larne
7.30 pm to 9.30 pm
Tuesday, 28 May 2002
Ballymena Town Hall, Minor Hall, Bridge Street Ballymena
7.30 pm to 9.30 pm
Tuesday, 28 May 2002
Crumlin Community Centre, Memorial Park, Main Street Crumlin
7.30 pm to 9.30 pm
Thursday, 30 May 2002
Antrim Forum Recreation Centre, Lough Road, Antrim
7.30 pm to 9.30 pm
Wednesday, 5 June 2002
O’Neill Arms Hotel, Main Street, Toomebridge
7.30 pm to 9.30 pm
Thursday, 6 June 2002
Londonderry Arms Hotel, 20 Harbour Road Carnlough
7.30 pm to 9.30 pm
Tuesday 11 June 2002
Portglenone Community Centre, Gortgole Road Portglenone
7.30 pm to 9.30 pm
Wednesday, 12 June 2002
Islandmagee Community Centre, Middle Road, Islandmagee
7.30 pm to 9.30 pm
Thursday, 13 June 2002
Glenravel Parish Centre, Lisnamanny Road, Martinstown
7.30 pm to 9.30 pm

Drop In Sessions

Wednesday, 29 May 2002
People’s Park, Ballymoney Road, Ballymena
4.00 pm and 7.30 pm
Monday, 10 June 2002
Tourist Information Centre, 2 The Bridge, Glenarm
4.00 pm and 7.30 pm
Tuesday, 11 June 2002
Arches House (Behind Costcutters), Community Hall, 38-40 Main Street, Randalstown
4.00 pm and 6.30 pm
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