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Scenic Forest Walk

Monday 1st May
Florence Court
Normal Admission, Members Free

Cruise the Lough

Monday 1st May
Crom
Adult £4, Child £2

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Behind the Scenes — Bluebell Walks

Saturday 6th May
Downhill Demesne and Hezlett House
Normal Admission, Members Free

Car Bazaar

Saturday 6th May
Mount Stewart
Car £5, Van £10, Trailer £15

Spring Plant Fair

Saturday 6th May
Rowallane Garden
Normal Admission, Members Free

Fishery Open Weekend

Saturday 6th May
Carrick–a–Rede
Normal Admission, Members Free

Flutter by Butterfly Trails

Saturday 6th May
Murlough NNR
Normal Admission, Members Free

Dawn Chorus Walk

Sunday 7th May
Mount Stewart
Adult £8, Child £5

Apple Blossom Sundays

Sunday 7th May
Ardress House, Portadown
Normal Admission, Members Free

Ramble with the Ranger

Sunday 7th May
Castle Ward
No Charge, Donations Welcome

Dry Stone Walling

Sunday 7th May
Near Bryansford Village
Free

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Song of The Bog Conference

Wednesday 10th May
Lough Neagh Discovery Centre
Free

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Bluebell Walks at Mount Stewart

Friday 12th May
Mount Stewart
Normal Admission, Members Free

Evening walk at Connswater Community Greenway in East Belfast

Friday 12th May
Connswater Community Greenway
Free

Biggerféis Festival – Ardglass

Friday 12th May
Discover Ardglass, Bath Street, Ardglass

Dog Agility at Mount Stewart

Saturday 13th May
Castle Ward
Normal Admission, Members Free

Minnownurn Dander

Saturday 13th May
Minnowburn
No Charge, Donations Welcome

Geology Walk at Carrick–a–Rede

Saturday 13th May
Carrick–a–Rede
No Charge, Donations Welcome

Music at the Summer House

Sunday 14th May
Florence Court
Normal Admission, Members Free

Corn Mill Bursts into Life

Sunday 14th May
Castle Ward
Normal Admission, Members Free

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Heritage & Philanthropy – Belfast Charitable Society and QUB, The Heritage Project

Thursday 18th May
Clifton House Belfast
Free

Candlelit Tour

Friday 19th May
Castle Coole
Adult £10

Public Good by Private Means?

Friday 19th May
The Performance Area, Linen Hall Library
Free

Geology Walk at Glenoe Waterfall

Saturday 20th May
Glenoe Waterfall
No Charge, Donations Welcome

Gilford Castle, Gilford Village – Vegetation Removal

Sunday 21st May
Gilford Castle
Free

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CEDaR Training Courses 2017

Wednesday 24th May
See table above
See table above

Next steps for renewable energy in the UK

Thursday 25th May
The Caledonian Club, 9 Halkin Street, London SW1X 7DR
See website for details

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Soap Making Masterclass

Saturday 27th May
Rowallane Garden
Adult £25

Explore a Spring Garden

Saturday 27th May
Mount Stewart
Adult £10 Child £5

Geology Walk at White Park Bay

Saturday 27th May
White Park Bay
No Charge, Donations Welcome

Country Fair at Florence Court

Sunday 28th May
Florence Court
Normal Admission, Members Free

Jazz in the Garden at Mount Stewart

Sunday 28th May
Mount Stewart
Normal Admission, Members Free

RFS NI Woodland Fair 2017

Sunday 28th May
Clandeboye Estate

Cruise the Lough at Crom

Monday 29th May
Crom
Adult £4, Child £2

GIs at the Gaol!

Monday 29th May
Down County Museum
Free

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LIFE 2017 call for project proposals: A new opportunity for green jobs and growth

Wednesday 31st May
Brussels, Hotel Crown Plaza – Le Palace Plenary room
Free

   

Planning

The DoE began a major programme to reform the Northern Ireland planning system with the introduction of the Planning (NI) Act 2011. The 2011 Act gives effect to the whole process of local government reform which includes the transfer of the majority of planning functions and decision making responsibilities to district councils in 2015.

Planning

Planning policy in Northern Ireland is also undergoing significant change. Policy Planning Statements (PPSs) contain policies on land use and other planning matters and currently set out the main considerations to be taken into account in reaching planning decisions on proposals for development in Northern Ireland. These statements are being consolidated into a single Strategic Planning Policy Statement (SPPS) for Northern Ireland in 2014. This document will outline the purpose of the planning system within NI, the core principles of the system, the nature of Local Development Plans, and guidance on planning decisions affecting, for example, built heritage, coastal development, natural heritage.  Following the production of the SPPS there will be significant supplementary guidance produced to guide local councils in planning decision making.

Each new council area will prepare Local Development Plans, to be produced as soon as possible, taking into account the content of the SPPS, the Regional Development Strategy, the Sustainable Development Strategy for Northern Ireland and any other relevant strategic documents.

NIEL provides a secretariat service to the Planning Task Force which works towards a more effective and accountable planning framework that will facilitate sustainable development. The Task Force regularly meets with planning representatives and actively engages with the Department of Environment on planning policy development and the programme of planning reform.

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In 2012/13, the average processing times for Major, Intermediate and Minor categories of planning application has reduced by four, two and three weeks respectively.

Renewable energy applications decisions have increased by 90% from 2011. Almost nine in 10 renewable energy applications were approved in 2012/13.

In the period 1 April 2008 to end of 31 December 2012, a total of 79,568 planning applications have been approved out of a total 85,728 decisions representing a 92.8% approval rate

Applications for residential development have continued to fall, down by 16% from 1,825 in quarter two of 2011/12 to 1,528 in quarter two of 2012/13.

Overall, 93% of decisions issued for planning applications in quarter two of 2012/13 were approved.

In urban areas, the number of residential applications fell from 738 to 587 (20%) and in rural areas the number fell from 1,087 to 941 (13%). Rural applications made up over three fifths (62%) of residential applications.

The vast majority (75%) of renewable energy applications received in quarter two of 2012/13 were for single wind turbines.

The number of decisions issued against renewable energy applications doubled from 88 in the second quarter of 2011/12 to 177 in the second quarter of 2012/13.

Over nine tenths (92%) of renewable energy applications were approved.

Powers that are currently proposed for transfer to Local Government include urban regeneration from DSD; local economic development and tourism from DETI; part of the responsibility for roads from the DRD; local sports facilities from DCAL; and rural development from DARD.