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May 2018 right left


Community Places Free Planning Advice

Wednesday 2nd May
Community Places, 2 Downshire Place, Belfast BT2 7JQ


Dry Stone Walling

Sunday 6th May
Mourne Mountains


Belfast Roadshow on Sustainable Development Goals

Tuesday 8th May
Herbert Smith Freehills LLP, 3 Cromac Quay, Ormeau Gasworks, Belfast BT7 2JD

Sustainable NI Carbon Management Training

Wednesday 9th May
Parliament Buildings, Belfast
See above


An Evening Walk in Spring

Saturday 12th May
Belfast Area

Guided bluebell walk at Prehen Wood

Sunday 13th May
Prehen Wood, Derry~Londonderry


Bluebell Stroll with the Ranger

Saturday 19th May
Murlough NNR
No Charge, Donations Welcome

Glenoe Geology Walk

Saturday 19th May
Glenoe Waterfall
No Charge, Donations Welcome

Gilford Castle, Gilford Village, Co Armagh – Historic Garden Restoration

Sunday 20th May
Gilford Castle, Gilford Village, Co–Armagh


Carbon Management Course

Wednesday 23rd May
Inspire Business Park, Newtownards
£225 (No VAT to pay)


Country Fair

Sunday 27th May
Florence Court
Normal Admission Members Free

Jazz in the Garden at Mount Stewart

Sunday 27th May
Mount Stewart
Normal Admission Members Free

Cruise the Lough

Monday 28th May
Adult £4, Child £2


New Belfast Planning Office… 10 March 2015

A new Local Planning Office for Belfast City Council opening on 30 March 2015 is one of the final steps in the transfer of planning to councils on 1 April




At present DOE Planning for the Belfast council area operates from Bedford House, Belfast. From Monday 30 March 2015, experienced Planners from the DOE Area Planning Team will relocate to the new Belfast Planning Service in Cecil Ward Building, which is part of Belfast City Council. The council will take over responsibility for planning services for the Belfast area on 1 April. Relocating the planning office to the Cecil Ward Building alongside other council services will provide a more convenient, easier to access service for the public.

Welcoming the move Environment Minister Mark H Durkan said: “Planning reform is about bringing forward improvements to the planning system, improvements that will bring planning closer to the public and make it easier for the public to access and participate in the planning process. This is part of the wider local government reform programme which will ultimately deliver local councils which are more effective, more efficient and more responsive to the needs of their local business and community.

“Over the past number of months we have worked closely with councils to establish a planning office for each new council area. Having all staff, IT arrangements and other practicalities in place ahead of transfer will help ensure continuity of service to the public. The relocation of the Belfast planning office to the Cecil Ward Building is the final piece in this puzzle which is designed to deliver a seamless transfer on 1 April.”

Councillor Deirdre Hargey, Presiding Councillor, Belfast City Council, said: “The transfer of planning powers is central to our ambitions for the future development of the city. The council is ready to harness these new place shaping powers and to maximise the opportunity to grow our city for the benefit of everyone who lives, works, visits and invests in Belfast.

“We’ve worked closely with our counterparts in DOE to ensure a smooth transfer of services to council from 1 April. Skilled planning officers and support staff are ready to make the transition and we welcome the experience they bring to our new Belfast Planning Service.”

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