Thursday, 18 April 2013

Attwood gives green light to Peace Building and Conflict Resolution Centre at the Maze

Environment Minister Alex Attwood today granted planning permission for a Peace Building and Conflict Resolution Centre at the Maze. The decision of the Maze / Long Kesh redevelopment follows the recent approval for the relocation of the Balmoral show to the site. The building is designed by Daniel Libeskind along with McAdam Design.

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A further application for minor works to the listed and retained buildings on the Maze site has also been granted planning permission today.

Commenting on his decision, Minister Attwood said: “I have today granted permission for the proposed centre. There is learning to be taken from the conflict here. The centre can contribute to sharing this learning and perhaps to help inform the resolution of conflict in other places."

“I believe that good planning needs good design. That is certainly the case in the design of the Centre created by Daniel Libeskind, a world leader in architecture and a friend of Northern Ireland.”

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Commenting on the speed of the planning decision Alex Attwood said: "I was able to grant planning permission for such a major scheme like this in less than six months. This is another example of the benefit of pro-active pre-application discussion and community consultation in dealing with major planning applications of regional significance, such as this. This will play a significant part in meeting a target of the EU funding programme and I am determined to continue making major planning decisions speedily and accurately and making a planning system more fit to achieve its purpose.”

To view the planning application files online click here.

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