Dungannon and South Tyrone Area Plan 2010
The Dungannon and South Tyrone Area Plan 2010 is a development plan prepared by the Planning Service, an Agency within the Department of the Environment, under the provisions of Part III of the Planning (Northern Ireland) Order 1991.
This document comprises the written statement of the Dungannon and South Tyrone Area Plan 2010. It should be read in association with the accompanying maps. In the event of a contradiction between the written statement and a map, the provisions of the written statement will prevail. Where settlement maps are produced, these take precedence over the relevant borough maps.
The Planning (Amendment) (Northern Ireland) Order 2003 amends existing legislation contained in the Planning (Northern Ireland) Order 1972, the Planning (Northern Ireland) Order 1991 and the Strategic Planning (Northern Ireland) Order 1999. Under this Order, development plans are required to be ‘in general conformity with’ the Regional Development Strategy for Northern Ireland 2025: Shaping Our Future (RDS). Article 29 of this Order declares the Dungannon and South Tyrone Area Plan 2010 to be an ‘excepted plan’ for which the need to be in general conformity with the RDS does not apply. The RDS will however, be material to decision making on individual planning applications and planning appeals within the Dungannon and South Tyrone Borough.
Notice was given to Dungannon and South Tyrone Borough Council1 on 9th August 1995 that the Department intended to prepare a new development plan for the Borough for the period 1995 to 2010. A Notice of Intention to prepare the Plan was published in the local and provincial press in the week beginning 11th September 1995 and comments were invited from the public and interested parties in respect of the issues to be addressed in the Plan. Consultations were also carried out with Dungannon and South Tyrone Borough Council, community groups, Government Departments and Agencies, statutory undertakers and other appropriate bodies. All representations received were taken into account in preparing the Preliminary Proposals of the Plan.
The Department published the Dungannon Area Plan 2010 Preliminary Proposals on 8th January 1998. These were placed on public display in Dungannon Leisure Centre from Thursday 8th January to Saturday 10th January 1998. A notice advising that the Department had prepared the Preliminary Proposals was also published in the local and provincial press and the Belfast Gazette in the two weeks beginning 23rd December 1997 and comments were invited from the public and interested parties over a 14 week period. During this time meetings were held with the Borough Council and a number of community groups. Representations were subsequently received from the Borough Council, a number of statutory and voluntary bodies and individual members of the public and these were considered by the Department in preparing the Draft Plan, which was published in May 2000.
The statutory period for receipt of representations to the Draft Plan expired on 6th July 2000, by which date 300 objections and 2 letters of support had been received.
Following objections to the Dungannon Railway Throughpass, the Roads Service of Department for Regional Development (DRD) reviewed all the options and recommended an alternative route – the Dungannon Eastern Distributor Road (DEDR). Consequently, ‘Revision 1’ to the Draft Plan was published on 15th May 2002 to incorporate this route. A consultation period ensued, ending on 26th June 2002, with 634 objections being received in relation to the new road and associated land-use changes.
In consideration of all the objections received, the Department requested the Planning Appeals Commission to hold a public inquiry into the relevant objections and to report to the Department on the inquiry. The inquiry sat for 37 days, between 20th January and 28th March 2003.
The Commission subsequently reported to the Department on its consideration of the objections. The recommendations contained in the report by the Commission have been fully considered by the Department in finalising the outcome of the objections and the consequent revisions to the Plan, written statement and maps. Full details of the Department’s response to the Commission’s recommendations are set out in the Dungannon and South Tyrone Area Plan 2010 Adoption Statement.
The Department is now publishing the Dungannon and South Tyrone Area Plan 2010 (hereinafter referred to as ‘the Plan’). This document incorporates the amendments outlined in the Adoption Statement and replaces all previous versions of the Dungannon and South Tyrone Area Plan 2010.
In preparing the Draft Plan, the Department published a Technical Supplement providing technical information that has influenced the policies and proposals contained in the Plan. The information contained in the Technical Supplement was completed prior to the publication of the Draft Plan in May 2000. The Technical Supplement is not part of the statutory Plan.
Nothing in the Plan should be read as a commitment that public resources will be provided for any specific project. All proposals for expenditure by the Department are subject to economic appraisal and will also have to be considered having regard to the overall availability of resources.
All maps are reproduced by permission of the Ordnance Survey of Northern Ireland on behalf of the Controller of Her Majesty’s Stationery Office, Crown Copyright Reserved 2005.
1 The name of the Council changed from ‘Dungannon District Council’ to ‘Dungannon and South Tyrone Borough Council’ in November 1999.