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Consultation on the Review of the Regional Development Strategy launched

6 January, 2011 - by Westminster

Regional Development Minister Conor Murphy today launched the consultation on the review of the Regional Development Strategy (RDS) for three months until 31 March 2011.

The Minister said: “The Regional Development Strategy provides an overarching strategic planning framework to facilitate and guide both the public and private sectors. The speed and direction of change in our society and economy requires a new approach to spatial development.

“The revised RDS therefore addresses key challenges on climate change, rebuilding and rebalancing the economy, population growth, the location of jobs and houses, infrastructure provision and the protection of our natural and built environment.

"I would encourage as many individuals and organisations as possible to make their views known on the RDS. The consultation will last for three months until 31 March 2011."

A number of events have been organised in Newry, Cookstown, Omagh, Belfast, Ballymena, Coleraine, Derry, Downpatrick, Enniskillen, Newtownards and Craigavon to provide information and clarification on the review. Everyone is welcome to attend.

The dates and venues of these events are listed below:

Monday 24 January, 6-8pm, Canal Court Hotel, Newry Tuesday 25 January, 10.30 -12am, Burnavon Arts Centre, CookstownTuesday 25 January, 2.30 -4pm, Silverbirch Hotel, OmaghWednesday 26 January, 2-5pm, Waterfront Hall, BelfastWednesday 26 January, 6-8pm, Waterfront Hall, BelfastThursday 27 January, 2-4pm, The Braid Ballymena Town HallThursday 27 January, 6-8pm, The Lodge Hotel, ColeraineMonday 31 January, 2-5pm, The Millennium Forum, DerryMonday 31 January, 6-8pm, The Millennium Forum, DerryTuesday 1 February, 10-12am, Downpatrick Cricket ClubWednesday 2 February, 11-12am, The Clinton Centre, EnniskillenWednesday 2 February, 2-4pm, Strangford Arms Hotel, NewtownardsThursday 3 February, 10-12am, Craigavon Civic CentreThe Consultation document and associated Impact Assessments are available on the Internet at: or by contacting:Louise Fitzpatrick Regional Planning and Transportation Division 3rd Floor, Clarence Court, 10-18 Adelaide Street, Belfast, BT2 8GB Email: [email protected] Telephone: 028 90540186 Textphone: 028 90540642

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