12/12/2006

George Best Belfast City Airport Planning Agreement

The next stage in the review of the George Best Belfast City Airport (GBBCA) Planning Agreement has been announced today following the publication of the Panel report.

The publication of the report follows an extensive public consultation exercise to consider the way forward including an Examination in Public (EiP) which was held in June 2006.

Representations were received from all key interested parties including Belfast City and Belfast International Airports, local councils, airline operators, residents groups and the general public.

Environment Minister, David Cairns, said: “My officials have carefully considered the independent panel report following the EiP and believe that it forms a sound basis for the next stage of the review, which will be to enter into discussions with George Best Belfast City Airport with a view to reaching agreement on a revised Planning Agreement.”

Officials will be meeting shortly with representatives from the Airport and other key interested parties, including local councils, probably early in the New Year, to consider the various recommendations from the panel and to put in place a revised planning Agreement between the Department and the Airport. The GBBCA Forum group, which comprises all key interested parties, will be kept advised of progress.

(EF/KMcA)

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