Belfast Metropolitan Area Plan 2015: Post Public Inquiry
Published on Thu, 30 Jul 2009
The BMAP Public Inquiry commenced in April 2007, with the last session taking place on 1 May 2008.
The Planning Appeals Commission (PAC) is currently considering all the information before it, prior to completing its report and making its recommendations to the Department.
The Department wrote to the PAC in October 2008, and requested the early release of that part of the BMAP Report relating to strategic retail issues, including Sprucefield. The PAC took the view that this was a discrete issue and, as the public sessions of the Inquiry were complete, it could comply with the Department's request. The Commission issued the report to the Department on 21 January 2009. This report is available on request.
The PAC has indicated a preliminary timescale for delivery of the remainder of the report to Planning Service as early summer 2010. Upon receipt of the report, Planning Service will consider the recommendations of the PAC, and the intention will be to prepare the Plan for adoption.