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Harper’s Yard Repair Cafe

Saturday 6th April
Ormeau Park Bowling Club, Belfast

Kilmacrew House, near Banbridge – Hedge Maintenance

Sunday 7th April
Kilmacrew House near Banbridge
Free

A Long–term Environment Plan for Northern Ireland

Monday 8th April
Belmont Tower, 82 Belmont Church Road, Belfast BT4 3FG
Free

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Would an Institute for Detectorists aid revision of The Treasure Act & implementation of The Valetta Convention?

Saturday 13th April
UCL Institute of Archaeology, 31–4 Gordon Square, London WC1H 0PY
Free

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People, Planet, Prosperity, Peace and Partnership: Delivering the UN Sustainable Development Goals – What Role for the NI Voluntary & Community Sector?

Thursday 18th April
61 Duncairn Gardens, Belfast BT15 2GB
Free

All–Island Environmental Governance post–Brexit and the Good Friday Agreement

Thursday 18th April
Canada Room and Council Chamber, Lanyon Building, Queen’s University Belfast, Belfast BT7 1NN
Free

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Derryanvil near Portadown – Planting Young Trees

Saturday 20th April
Derryanvil near Portadown
Free

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Easter Monday Family Fun Day & Craft Fair

Monday 22nd April
Florence Court
Normal Admission

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Slievenacloy Nature Reserve, Belfast Hills – Scrub Clearance

Sunday 28th April
Slievenacloy Nature Reserve, Belfast Hills
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Planning

The purpose of the planning system is to regulate the development and use of land in the public interest. The planning system plays a crucial role in delivering appropriate forms of  development to serve the needs of society, while ensuring that the vital asset (land) that will deliver long–term prosperity and wellbeing does not become exhausted or degraded.

Planning

Responsibility for planning in Northern Ireland is shared between the 11 local councils and the Department for Infrastructure (the Department).

The 11 councils are responsible for:

  • Local development planning – creating a plan which will set out a clear vision of how the council area should look in the future by deciding what type and scale of development should be encouraged and where it should be located;
  • Development management – determining the vast majority of planning applications;
  • Planning enforcement – investigating alleged breaches of planning control and determining what action should be taken.

The Department is responsible for:

  • Determination of regionally significant and ‘called–in’ planning applications;
  • Regional Development Strategy (RDS);
  • Regional planning policy;
  • Planning legislation;
  • Performance management;
  • Oversight and guidance for councils;

The Strategic Planning Policy Statement for Northern Ireland’ – Planning for Sustainable Development (SPPS) 2015) sets out regional planning policies for securing the orderly and consistent development of land in Northern Ireland under the reformed two–tier planning system. The provisions of the SPPS must be taken into account in the preparation of Local Development Plans, and are also material to all decisions on individual planning applications and appeals.

Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB) designation is intended to support the management of land for purposes of conservation and recreation. The eight AONBs (covering c.25% of the land area of Northern Ireland) are the principal mechanism for protection and enhancement of landscapes. However, AONB management bodies in Northern Ireland are primarily non–statutory and in comparison to other parts of the UK, they are poorly resourced in their extent and security of funding and AONBs receive limited protection through the planning system.

Organisations like Belfast Hills Partnership, Lough Neagh Partnership, Marble Arch Caves Global Geopark also work to protect and enhance areas without a landscape designation.

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