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Minister announces funding for Glenarm Regeneration Project

Monday, 5 October 2009

Environment Minister Edwin Poots today announced £25,000 funding support to implement an innovative technique to assist the Glenarm Regeneration Project.

Enquiry by Design is facilitated by the Prince’s Foundation for the Built Environment, and works as a planning tool that brings together a number of key experts on the built environment and the local community to collaborate on a vision for a new or revived community.

Minister Poots explained further: “My Department discussed the appropriateness of the Enquiry by Design technique with the Prince of Wales during his visit to the Glenarm project last February. The initiative will enable experts in areas such as planning, designing and building to engage with the Glenarm community in an inclusive debate about its regeneration."

Following regeneration proposals issued to Larne Borough Council by the Prince’s Foundation, it was agreed that the Foundation would organise a 2 ½ day workshop with appropriate expertise provided by recognised experts, drawn from the Projects and Practice Group of the Foundation.

The Minister continued: “As a result of today’s funding announcement the planned Enquiry by Design workshop will be able to focus on a number of important issues raised by Larne Borough Council and the Glenarm Village Committee.

“These discussions will contribute to the preparation of a scoping report and the key output of a schematic regeneration master plan for Glenarm.”

Notes to Editors:

1.The main purpose of the workshop will be to discuss the 10 main issues raised by the Council and Glenarm Village Committee. Among these include:

· an economic and social analysis of Glenarm’s current role and performance;

· supply an analysis of the village’s land use, transport, and urban and rural design;

· develop an inspirational vision recognising the importance of the village’s unique built heritage and history;

· identify key sites and the most appropriate form and timing of development on the site(s);

· and advise on transportation, access and parking changes which may be required to support the regeneration objectives.

2. All media inquiries should be directed to the Department of Environment Press Office on 028 9054 0003. Out of office hours please contact the duty press officer via pager number 07699 715 440 and your call will be returned.