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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


Towards a Land Strategy for NI 6 May 2015

”Land is one of Northern Ireland’s most important assets, providing the goods and services upon which human existence depends, and the source of future societal wellbeing and prosperity…”




“Towards A Land Strategy for Northern Ireland” reviews the contributions that land makes to the economic and social fabric of Northern Ireland and the realisation of sustainable development and the principle pressures placed on the overall resource. Compilation of this report was informed by a range of stakeholder perspectives, and from detailed observation of the development of the Scottish Land Use Strategy.

The principal recommendation of the review is to progress the planning, development and implementation of a Land Strategy for Northern Ireland by 2016. The vision of such a strategy would be for land and landscapes to be managed for the benefit of people’s well–being and prosperity, respecting the views of communities, groups and individuals, striving for environmental excellence, and making best use of its multi–functionality. Such a strategy would sit above the suite of sectoral policies, and aim to provide a framework to manage conflicting policy priorities and balance competing demands on land.

However, a Land Strategy cannot, and should not, determine actual land use in specific localities; this should be informed locally by communities, groups and
individuals. Rather, the nature of the strategy set out in this report is one which provides an overarching framework to ensure that local and regional policy and decisionmaking around land contributes to fulfilling the strategic needs of Northern Ireland. It also comprises a set of guiding principles which accord with the three tenets of sustainability and provide an overall context for decisionmaking
on the use of land, irrespective of the level at which decisions are made.

A Land Strategy would provide strategic guidance to assist in planning for, and managing, the ongoing pressures for change. It should be developed on a cross–Departmental basis and sit above the Strategic Planning Policy Statement
(SPPS) in the existing hierarchy of Northern Ireland Government strategies, to help align public and private aspirations for economic and societal well–being and
prosperity, through the strategic use of land.

Click on the links below to read more…

Towards a Land Strategy for NI – Briefing

Towards a Land Strategy for NI – Main Report