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Plans for Banbridge, Newry & Mourne Area

Published on Tue, 22 Aug 2006
The Environment Minister David Cairns has announced a new plan to guide development in the Banbridge and Newry and Mourne Districts
The draft Banbridge/Newry & Mourne Area Plan sets out a policy framework up to 2015 and provides for sustainable growth whilst protecting the natural and man-made heritage. This embodies the Government's commitment to sustainable development and has been endorsed by the Department for Regional Development through the issue of a certificate of general conformity with the Regional Development Strategy.
David Cairns said: "In facilitating sustainable patterns of growth and development, this will provide a sound basis for the future development of the Banbridge and Newry & Mourne Districts.
"In line with the Regional Development Strategy, the Draft Plan promotes Newry City and Banbridge town as two of the main hubs identified within Northern Ireland. It also promotes Warrenpoint and Dromore as local hubs and supports the growth and regeneration of the other towns and villages within the plan area. It further seeks to sustain a living and working countryside and protects from inappropriate development those areas that are vulnerable to development pressure or that are visually or environmentally sensitive."
The Minister encouraged the people of the two Districts to consider the policies and proposals contained in the Plan and to visit one of the public exhibitions over the next few weeks. This Plan is a further indication of the progress being made by the Planning Service towards up-to-date area plan coverage for all of Northern Ireland.

Notes to Editors

  1. The Draft Plan identifies 423 hectares of land for housing in the towns and villages, 216 hectares for industry and 82 hectares for Mixed Use/Development to cater for development in the District over the Plan period.
  2. The Plan recognises the importance of the District's landscapes including the Mournes and the Ring of Gullion Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty. The high Mournes and parts of Ring of Gullion are to be designated as Special Countryside Policy Areas and the coast is also to be afforded special protection. Other areas of conservation interest, both natural and man made are protected through the designation of Sites of Local Nature Conservation Importance and Areas of Townscape Character.
  3. A number of major transportation proposals are included featuring further enhancement of the Eastern Seaboard Transport Corridor linking Belfast to Dublin via Banbridge and Newry, the completion of the A1 upgrade and a southern bypass for Newry linking the port of Warrenpoint with the A1.
  4. The Plan Proposals will be taken into account as a material consideration in the determination of planning applications and appeals.
  5. DOE is publishing a number of Technical Supplements to accompany the Draft Plan which will provide background and technical information that have informed the Plan Proposals.
  6. There has been a Strategic Environmental Appraisal of the Plan, an Appropriate Assessment under Article 6(3) and (4) of the Habitats Directive and an Equality Impact Assessment which are published with the Plan.
  7. The Banbridge/Newry & Mourne Area Plan 2015 can be accessed on this website. A copy of the Plan can also be obtained from the Craigavon Divisional Planning Office, Marlborough House, Central Way, Craigavon BT 64 1AD and at the exhibitions hosted by Banbridge and Newry & Mourne Councils on the following dates:
  8. These start on 22 August from 9.30 am - to 4.00 pm until 17 October in Marlborough House, Craigavon; and at various times in Banbridge Public Library, Newry Arts Centre and in Kilkeel Leisure Centre on 29 August from noon - 8.00 pm and 30 August from 10.00 am - 4.30 pm; and Crossmaglen Community Centre on 31 August from noon - 8.00 pm and 1 September from 10.00 am - 4.30 pm.
  9. 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 and must be received by 4.30 pm on Tuesday 17 October 2006.
  10. For further News Media information contact DOE Press Office on 028 9054 0003.
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