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Positive Outcomes for Local Communities

Community Places congratulates local communities on securing the outcomes they wanted from their objections to two regionally significant major planning applications.  In the Kells area an application for one of the largest solar farms on these islands was rejected by the Department for Infrastructure after almost three years work by local residents objecting to “over-industrialisation” of a rural area.  Meanwhile in the Lisburn area residents’ objections over a six year period to the re-opening and extension of a quarry for a new concrete plant contributed to a decision by the Planning Appeals Commission to over-rule the former Department of Environment’s granting of planning permission.  The Commission’s decision was subsequently adopted by the Department for Infrastructure.  In both cases residents have demonstrated abundant local skills and assets and drawn on enormous community resilience and determination.

15 December 2017