The Rural Community Network is delivering and co-ordinating Village SOS, a campaign that aims to help and inspire rural communities across the region to start or develop projects and/or social enterprises by providing mentoring and practical support across a wide range of areas. The formal launch of Village SOS will take place on Thursday, 26 March 2015 (from 12.30 pm to 2.30 pm) in An Carn Conference Centre, Tirkane, Maghera.
The DoE is holding four public consultation events on the draft guidance on Community Planning to gather views to inform the guidance:
- Monday, 23 February 2015 (9.30 am to 12 noon) - Craigavon Civic Centre
- Monday, 23 February 2015 (4.00 pm to 6.30 pm) - Meet at the Mill Newtownabbey
- Tuesday, 24 February 2015 (10.00 am to 12.30 pm) - Strule Arts Centre, Omagh and
- Tuesday, 3 March 2015 (10.00 am to 12.30 pm) - Roe Valley Arts and Cultural Centre Limavady.
Register attendance by emailing Farrah.email@example.com with your name, organisation and confirming which event you would like to attend. The consultation document is available to download from the DoE website.
Traders in Newry are pursuing legal action over the granting of planning permission for a mixed use scheme on the outskirts of Newry. The proposal includes 70 industrial and business units, a supermarket, 14 homes, a coffee shop, car parking and general landscaping.
The Newry Chamber of Commerce and Trade is calling for the planning decision to be quashed saying it will damage city centre investment particularly the extension to the Quays Shopping centre.
When making his decision Environment Minister, Mark H Durkan, said he was satisfied the existing city centre retail offering was strong enough to compete with the new supermarket. However traders argue that the Department acted irrationally in the weight it gave to any economic benefits. Further grounds of challenge include failure to comply with the Habitats Directive and the potential effects of pollution to Newry River.
The legal action will proceed to a full three day hearing in May 2015.
The Department of the Environment has issued draft Statutory Guidance on Community Planning for consultation. The Guidance sets out roles and responsibilities for all those involved in Community Planning and how the Community Planning process should be developed and implemented.
The consultation document is available on the Department's website and the consultation period ends on 9 March 2015. Community Places will be preparing its own response to the draft Guidance. If you would like further information, please contact Louise O'Kane (telephone 9023 9444).