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New Conservation Area To Take Lurgan Forward

Published on Tue, 15 Jun 2004
Environment Minister, Angela Smith, MP, announced the designation of a Conservation Area in Lurgan, Co. Armagh today.
Angela Smith said: "This designation recognises the distinctive character and appearance of Lurgan Town Centre and will protect the special quality of its townscape.
"A Conservation Area can provide a stimulus for growth and greater economic vitality through conservation-led regeneration. By promoting an attractive environment, based on the area’s unique built heritage, we hope this will help attract inward investment and more visitors.
"I am pleased that the Conservation Area has the backing of Craigavon Borough Council and the Historic Buildings Council and had strong support from the ‘Lurgan Forward’ initiative."
John Linden of the Planning Service said: "The designation will introduce control over the demolition of unlisted buildings and prevent the thoughtless destruction of trees.
"The area has a large number of fine buildings dating from the late Victorian and Edwardian period, which retain many of their original features, ornate detailing and gated archways. Together with the continuous linear street pattern, that is punctuated at intervals by well-designed corner buildings that define the streets running to the north and south, this will help typify the area’s distinctive qualities and characteristics.
"Ultimately, Planning Service wants to ensure that regeneration of the area is to a very high standard of design that respects and hopefully enhances, the distinctive qualities of Lurgan - both now and for the future."

Notes to Editors

  1. Public consultation on the Department’s proposal for a Conservation Area in Lurgan finished on the 16th April 2004 and the Conservation Area took effect at noon on Tuesday 15 June 2004.
  2. DOE produced a short report to accompany this public consultation exercise that will be used as an interim measure by Planning Service in discharging its planning functions in the Conservation Area. This will supplement DOE regional policies for Conservation Areas, currently set out in Planning Policy Statement 6: Planning, Archaeology and the Built Heritage and Planning Policy Statement 7: Quality Residential Environments.
  3. The report and the Planning Policy Statements can be accessed on this website.
  4. Copies of the report can also be obtained, free of charge, from

    Craigavon Divisional Planning Office
    Marlborough House
    Central Way
    Craigavon, BT64 1AD.
  5. For further press information, call Paddy Murphy, DOE Press Office, Tel: 028 9054 0013, e-mail
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