Planning Blueprint For Magherafelt
Published on Wed, 28 Apr 2004
Angela Smith MP, the Minister of the Environment, published today the Draft Area Plan that will guide development in the Magherafelt District for the next 10 years.
Angela Smith said: "I believe the Plan will facilitate sustainable patterns of growth and provide a sound basis for future development of Magherafelt District. It is a further indication of the progress being made by my Department, towards providing up-to-date Area Plan coverage for all of Northern Ireland.
"In line with the Regional Development Strategy, the Plan promotes Magherafelt as a main town within Northern Ireland and supports the growth and regeneration of towns and villages within the District. This can sustain a living and working countryside and protect environmentally sensitive areas from inappropriate development.
"I encourage the people of Magherafelt District to consider the policies and proposals contained in the Plan and to visit one of the Public Exhibitions, which have been organised over the next few weeks."
Notes to Editors
- The Plan identifies 125 hectares of land for housing in the towns and villages and 50 hectares of land for industry.
- The importance of the District’s landscapes is recognised. The Sperrins Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, along with areas, which are important in terms of a Nature Conservation interest, are identified and protected.
- A number of major transportation proposals are also identified. These include a by-pass for Magherafelt and the duelling of the A6.
- The Draft Magherafelt Area Plan 2015, sets out a policy framework and land use proposals to guide development decisions within Magherafelt District, up to 2015. The Plan Proposals will be taken into account as a material consideration in the determination of planning applications and appeals.
- The Draft Plan embodies the Government’s commitment to sustainable development and has been prepared within the context of the Regional Development Strategy and other regional planning policies.
- DOE is publishing a number of Technical Supplements also and these accompany the Draft Plan, providing the background and technical information that has informed the Plan Proposals.
- The Draft Plan has been the subject of a Strategic Environmental Appraisal and an Equality Impact Assessment, both of which are also published with the Plan.
- The Department for Regional Development determined on 11 March 2004, that the Draft Plan is in general conformity with the Regional Development Strategy.
- The Magherafelt Area Plan can be accessed at this website.
- A copy of the Plan can also be obtained from Ballymena Divisional Planning Office, County Hall, Galgorm Road, Ballymena BT42 1QF.
- Representations in support of, or objections to, any of the allocations, designations, policies, proposals and zonings contained in the Draft Plan, should be submitted in writing to the address above and must be received by 5.00 p.m. on 9 June 2004. All unresolved objections will be considered at a Public Inquiry.
- For further press information contact Brian Kirk, DOE Press Office on 028 9054 0013, mobile 07713 652815, e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org