22/02/2019

Consultation Opens On Lisburn Regeneration Plans

A public consultation period on the revised plans for Lisburn City Centre has launched.

Residents, visitors, local businesses and other interested parties are being urged to submit their opinions on the scheme which proposes work to key areas such as Laganbank Quarter, Smithfield Square and Jordan's Mill.

The original 2010 masterplan for the city was revisited to take various factors into consideration, including changing retail trends and spending patterns, the Local Development Plan and the Lisburn Castlereagh Community Plan.

Launching the public consultation, Alderman William Leathem, Chairman of the Council's Development Committee, said: "The regeneration of Lisburn City Centre remains a key priority for the Council. Since 2010 there has been progress made on many of the projects outlined in the Masterplan. This includes the delivery of the first phase of the City Centre Public Realm Scheme and progress towards the comprehensive redevelopment of the Laganbank Quarter. All of which were designed to improve the regional significance and economic potential of the area.
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"The revised Masterplan for Lisburn City Centre aims to be aspirational yet deliverable. Delivering the large-scale development proposals set out in the 2010 Masterplan was challenging due to market conditions. We have listened to stakeholders as part of this revision process and identified a development framework for regeneration in key locations such as Laganbank Quarter, Smithfield Square and Jordan's Mill. We are now seeking your views and feedback on our revised City Centre Masterplan on the way forward for Lisburn City Centre."

Alderman Allan Ewart MBE, Vice-Chair of the Council's Development Committee added: "The private sector emphasised the importance of bringing opportunities to the market site by site. Taking this approach, the revised Masterplan allows flexibility for sites to be delivered individually. There are several key areas that, when regenerated will have a real impact on Lisburn City Centre. It is proposed to improve, where possible, the streets and public realm that connect these opportunity sites, so that the areas of change read as a coherent whole."

The draft 2019 Masterplan is open for scrutiny until Friday 12 April.

Paul Carr from the Department for Communities added: "Significant progress has been made in Lisburn City Centre since the publication of the Masterplan in 2010. The review of the original Masterplan provides an opportunity to evaluate progress to date, whilst continuing to aspire to the opportunities still to be realised throughout the distinctive city of Lisburn. To ensure the document is as robust as possible and accurately represents a shared and inclusive vision for Lisburn, anyone with an interest in the city should view the proposals and provide their views to help shape the 'Lisburn of the future'."

The online questionnaire can be viewed here.



(JG)

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