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Feb 2018 right left


Snowdrop Strolls

Thursday 1st February
Rowallane Garden
Normal Admission, Members Free


Snowdrop Walks

Saturday 3rd February
Springhill, Moneymore
Normal Admission Members Free

Snowdrop Walks

Saturday 3rd February
The Argory, Moy
Normal Admission Members Free

Path Edging and Bird Count

Saturday 3rd February
Comber Greenway

Pond Improvement

Sunday 4th February
Rea’s Wood Antrim


Rethinking Engagement – A Dialogue Approach

Wednesday 7th February
Holywell Diversecity Community Partnership Building, 10–12 Bishop St, Derry


NI Science Festival 2018

Thursday 15th February
Various, see website for details
See website for details

Brexit, Climate and Energy Policy

Thursday 15th February
Arthur Cox, Ten Earlsfort Terrace, Dublin 2


Nest Fest

Saturday 17th February
Springhill, Moneymore
Normal Admission, Members Free

Woodland walk at Breen Forest on Glenshesk Road

Saturday 17th February
Breen Forest on Glenshesk Road

Scrub Clearance

Sunday 18th February
Slievenacloy Nature Reserve, Belfast Hills


Priorities for Transport Infrastructure in Northern Ireland

Tuesday 20th February
Radisson Blu Hotel, The Gasworks, 3 Cromac P lace, Ormeau Road, Belfast
See website for details


Shifting Shores Wave 2 seminar

Thursday 22nd February
Olympic Suite, Titanic Belfast


Grassroots Social Event in Belfast

Saturday 24th February


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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