The public are being encouraged to come along to a free event concerning our Town Centre and Residential Planning Systems which will involve high profile speakers and an opportunity for an open discussion.
Entitled “Planning our Future” the event will be held on Thursday 15 March 2012, 7.30pm at Holywood Methodist Church, Church Road, Holywood.
Guest Speakers will include Anna Lo MLA and Simon Robinson (RPP Architects).
James Orr (Director, Friends of the Earth NI) will also be present to outline key findings as a result of survey recently undertaken by Friends of the Earth concerning our Planning System.
The speeches will hopefully then enable an open discussion facilitated by Anna Lo in order to let people share their views about our Planning System and what it should look like in the future.
Commenting on the event, North Down Alliance Chairperson Adam Harbinson stated “Whilst organised by the Alliance Party the event is open to all regardless of political opinion. Planning is a key issue of concern for many and we are keen to provide an opportunity for people to come together and discuss this important matter especially in the light of impending reforms."
Concluding, Adam stated "Our future Planning System must be built on strong building blocks, protecting and enhancing the environment for future generations with the views and needs of local people and businesses paramount."