Planning Portal

Design Issues Under The Spotlight

Published on Mon, 19 Jan 2004
David Ferguson, the Chief Executive of the Planning Service, launched a 2-day conference examining the connections between plans and the quality of the environment we live in.
The conference is the first of its kind and has been organised by DOE Planning Service to bring together a range of speakers from the public and private sectors. They will discuss how joined-up government can best influence the creation of better places to live.
Speaking at the opening, David Ferguson said that he looked forward to hearing about the different experiences of the speakers in implementing their ideas to create new quality environments. Our focus will be on the "bigger picture" and what we hear today will assist the development in Northern Ireland of a strategic approach towards design, said Mr Ferguson.
The conference will hear about developments sponsored by the Prince’s Foundation, the policies of the Scottish Executive and the experience with developments outside Dublin and will close with a panel discussion to allow the audience to discuss any queries, question or issues that have arisen over the two days.

Notes to Editors

  1. The Urban Design Forum at the McCausland Hotel, Belfast from Tuesday 20 to Wednesday 21 January 2004.
  2. The audience includes traffic engineers, urban designers, architects, planners and landscape architects representing a wide range of professionals involved in creating the environment.
  3. Further media information, please contact Paddy Murphy DOE Information Office Tel 028 9054 0014
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