Dungannon and South Tyrone Area Plan 2010
Policy Framework: Community Uses
Responsibility for the provision of educational facilities in Dungannon and South Tyrone Borough rests mainly with the Southern Education and Library Board (SELB) and the Council for Catholic Maintained Schools (CCMS) , supplemented by a number of voluntary authorities. Central Government retains overall responsibility for education policy and finance.
The Government is committed to providing the opportunity of preschool education for all children in their immediate pre-school year. This commitment will be delivered through a combination of statutory, voluntary and private sector provision co-ordinated by the Pre-School Advisory Group of the SELB.
It is anticipated that the need for additional facilities for the provision of pre-school education in Dungannon and South Tyrone Borough will be met on the sites of existing nursery and primary schools or at other appropriate locations within settlements.
Capital works programmes are ongoing, with plans at various stages for new and replacement schools within the Borough, including Edendork PS., St. Peter’s Moy, St. Joseph’s Galbally, Castlecaulfield PS., St. Patrick’s PS. Donaghmore, Windmill Integrated Dungannon and Richmond PS. Ballygawley. Gaelscoil ui Neill is being established near Coalisland.
It is anticipated that there will only be a limited demand for additional land for primary education facilities in the Borough over the Plan period.
A replacement school has recently been constructed at Drumglass High School and an integrated college has also been completed at Gortmerron Link Road, Dungannon. A major extension and refurbishment scheme has also been completed recently at the Royal School, Dungannon. Capital works programmes are ongoing, with plans at various stages for new, replacement schools within the Borough for St. Joseph’s Grammar School Donaghmore, St. Patrick’s Academy, Dungannon, St. Patrick’s College, Dungannon and Fivemiletown High School.
It is anticipated that there will only be a limited demand for additional land for secondary education facilities in the Borough over the Plan period. There will be some implications for disposal of residual sites.
Sperrinview Special School is located at Coalisland Road, Dungannon, having replaced the special school on Carland Road, Dungannon. It is not anticipated that there will be a requirement for additional land for special needs education facilities over the Plan period.
Further Education facilities in the Borough are provided by the East Tyrone College of Further and Higher Education at its Circular Road campus in Dungannon. A new College is currently under construction at this site.
Libraries and Youth Services
The SELB is also responsible for library provision within the Borough. There are libraries in Dungannon, Coalisland, Moy and Fivemiletown and a mobile library service is provided for rural parts of the Borough. No change in respect of library facilities is anticipated over the Plan period.
The Board’s Youth Service provides youth club facilities at Fivemiletown High School, Aughnacloy High School and St. Ciaran’s High School, Ballygawley. Financial assistance is also given to a number of church and community based clubs throughout the Borough.
Health and Social Services
It is the responsibility of the Southern Health and Social Services Board to assess the health and social care needs of people living within Dungannon and South Tyrone Borough and, with General Practice Fundholders, to secure care to meet those needs - in keeping with available resources. Provision of community health and social care services rests mainly with the Dungannon and Armagh Health and Social Services Trust, supplemented by a number of smaller agencies. The Department of Health, Social Services & Public Safety retains overall responsibility for policy and funding of major capital works. There is no statutory requirement to identify land for major development proposals in this sector.
Dungannon and South Tyrone Borough Council’s Development Department is responsible for co-ordinating programmes of support for community-based initiatives within the Borough. The Council assists community groups in identifying projects for their areas and provides revenue funding for community centres within the Borough.
Regional Policy Context
The Regional Development Strategy (RDS) identifies Dungannon as a main hub. It is envisaged that the town centres of hubs will be developed as locations providing employment, essential services and a range of cultural and leisure amenities. Decisions on the future location of new public sector development for a variety of functions, including health and education, will take into account the strategic role of the main towns.
The Department’s regional planning policies for community uses in Dungannon & South Tyrone Borough are currently set out in A Planning Strategy for Rural Northern Ireland.
Relevant supplementary planning guidance is contained in Development Control Advice Note 9: Residential and Nursing Homes, and Development Control Advice Note 13: Crèches, Day Nurseries and Pre-School Playgroups.
An unforeseen demand for new community facilities may arise over the lifetime of the Plan. Accordingly, a flexible approach is required in considering such development within settlement limits in order to make the most effective use of existing facilities, infrastructure, utilities and resources.
It should be noted that community facilities will not normally be permitted on Phase 2 housing land, in the period up to the housing land review. Exceptions may be made for health and education uses where a need has been established (see Plan Policy HOUS 1).