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O'Dowd welcomes Lisanelly Planning Recommendation

Education Minister, John O'Dowd, has welcomed the news that planning approval is to be recommended for a shared education campus in Omagh.
Friday, 3 May 2013

Securing approval will enable the progression of the Lisanelly site as a shared campus for up to six schools.

Minister O’Dowd said: “Today’s announcement that planning permission is to be recommended for the Lisanelly site is welcome news. It is a key step forward on delivering the shared campus in Omagh.

“The Executive has committed itself to the delivery of this flagship project which will deliver real educational benefits for the children and young people of Omagh. It will be the largest single investment project ever undertaken in the education sector here and will be a massive boost to the economy and in particular the local construction industry.

“I welcome today’s announcement and endorsement for the project from the Environment Minister, which is an illustration of the Executive working together to deliver on the targets set out in the Programme for Government.”

Notes to editors:

  1. Planning application K/2011/0736/O for a "Shared Educational Campus - including up to six core school buildings, shared facilities, sports pitches and associated ancillary accommodation and car parking” was submitted to DOE Planning and Local Government Group on 14 December 2011.
  2. The applicant is the Department of Education(NI).
  3. The application is being presented to the meeting of Omagh Council Planning and Public Services Committee on 7 May 2013 with an opinion to approve.
  4. The Programme for Government 2011-15 includes progressing Lisanelly Shared Education Campus under Priority 4 Building a Shared Community.
  5. For further information on the Lisanelly Shared Education Campus project visit http://www.omaghlisanellycampus.org/
  6. The Department of Education has launched a new ‘Education Works’ advertising campaign. The campaign encourages families to play, talk, read and count with their child and to ‘Get Involved Because Education Works’. Watch out for the ads on television, radio and outdoor locations. The campaign highlights the vital role families can play in helping children do well at school and improve their life chances. Visit nidirect website for more information or watch the TV ad on the Department’s YouTube channel.
  7. View photos from the Department of Education in our Flickr collection.
  8. Media enquiries to the Department of Education’s Communications Team on Tel: 028 9127 9207. Out of office hours contact the Duty Press Officer via pager number 07699715440 and your call will be returned.