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Nesbiltt Launches Northern Area Plan 2016 Issues Paper

Published on Tue, 30 Apr 2002
An important step in the future development of Ballymoney, Coleraine, Limavady and Moyle Council areas took place today when Environment Minister, Dermot Nesbitt MLA, launched the Northern Area Plan 2016 Issues Paper.
Geographically, this will be the second largest Area Plan in Northern Ireland and includes the Giant’s Causeway and many coastal developments.
The Issues Paper will provide the vehicle through which local people can have their say in how their locality develops in the future.
Speaking at the launch, Mr Nesbitt said: "The publication of this Issues Paper is an important stage in preparing the Northern Area Plan. 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 Environment and Heritage Service has also been looking at the issues pertaining to the Causeway Coast Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty and doing so within the context of preparing a special non-statutory Management Plan for that area.
"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 future housing, given the indicators already established in the Regional Development Strategy;
  • the control of apartment development, particularly in coastal towns and villages;
  • the major lignite resource near Ballymoney and its possible future exploitation for the generation of power;
  • the formal protection of the Giant’s Causeway World Heritage Site and its setting;
  • the development of sustainable recreation and tourism policies;
  • the extent of Greenbelts and Countryside Policy Areas; and
  • the maintenance and improvement of the Key Transport Corridors and their impact on the future development potential of Ballymoney, Coleraine and Limavady.
Emphasising the need for public participation in the preparation of the Northern Area Plan, the Minister said: "I cannot stress too highly the importance of Councillors, community organisations and the public contributing positively and constructively to the preparation of the Northern Area Plan. This is your opportunity to contribute to the preparation of your plan for your area. Everybody needs to have their say in 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

  1. The Northern Area Plan was launched at 10.30am on Tuesday 30 April in the Radisson Roe Hotel, Limavady.
  2. The new Northern Area Plan will replace the existing Plans covering the four District Council Areas. They are the Limavady Area Plan 1999 and the North East Area Plan 2002, which covers Coleraine, Ballymoney and Moyle Districts.
  3. 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.
  4. The closing date for responses to the Issues Paper is 6 August 2002.
  5. The Plan is being prepared by a team based in the Planning Service Offices at County Hall, Coleraine and led by Mr Billy Robinson, Principal Planning Officer, who may be contacted at:

    Planning Service
    County Hall
    Castlerock Road
    BT51 3HS
    Tel: 028 7034 1494
  6. 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

Tuesday, 30 April 2002
Coleraine Town Hall, The Diamond, Coleraine
7.30 pm to 9.30 pm
Wednesday, 1 May 2002
Garvagh Community Building, 85 Main Street, Garvagh
7.30 pm to 9.30 pm
Thursday, 2 May 2002
Roe Valley Leisure Centre, 9 Greystone Road, Limavady
7.30 pm to 9.30 pm
Tuesday, 7 May 2002
Ballymoney Town Hall, High Street, Ballymoney
7.30 pm to 9.30 pm
Wednesday, 8 May 2002
Loughgiel Millennium Centre, Lough Road, Loughgiel
7.30 pm to 9.30 pm
Thursday, 9 May 2002
National Trust Tea Room, Giant’s Causeway
7.30 pm to 9.30 pm
Monday, 13 May 2002
Peter Thompson Hall, Recreation Grounds, Castlerock
7.30 pm to 9.30 pm
Tuesday, 14 May 2002
Dungiven Community Hall, 3 Chapel Road, Dungiven
7.30 pm to 9.30 pm
Wednesday, 15 May 2002
Bayview Hotel, 2 Bay Head Road, Portballintrae
7.30 pm to 9.30 pm
Thursday, 16 May 2002
Cushendall Golf Club, Shore Road, Cushendall
7.30 pm to 9.30 pm
Thursday, 16 May 2002
Parochial Hall, Rathlin Island
7.30 pm to 9.30 pm

Drop In Sessions

Tuesday, 30 April 2002
Portstewart Town Hall, The Crescent, Portstewart
1.00pm and 8.00 pm
Wednesday, 1 May 2002
Magilligan Community Centre, 394 Seacoast Road, Bellarena, Magilligan
4.00 pm and 7.30 pm
Tuesday, 7 May 2002
Marine Hotel, 1-3 North Street, Ballycastle
3.00 pm and 7.30 pm
Wednesday, 8 May 2002
Rasharkin Community Centre, Drumbolcan Park,
Duneaney Road, Rasharkin
4.00 pm and 6.00 pm
Tuesday, 30 April 2002
Portrush Community Development Offices, Technical College,
Dunluce Avenue
3.00 pm and 5.00pm
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