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Have your say on the Ballysillan Masterplan: McCausland

Stormont Executive press release - Department for Social Development

Social Development Minister Nelson McCausland has announced a public consultation on the concepts for a draft masterplan for the Greater Ballysillan area of Belfast.

A team of consultants from the Paul Hogarth Company has prepared the draft masterplan. The consultants worked closely with a community engagement group, including members of the Ballysillan/Upper Ardoyne Neighbourhood Partnership, to ensure the masterplan reflected the needs of the local community.

Announcing the consultation Minister McCausland said: “Following a comprehensive process of research and consultation with the local community, concepts for a draft plan have been produced that propose a series of projects to help the Greater Ballysillan area become a vibrant and thriving part of the city.

“When I announced this project back in May, I emphasised the importance of the local community having their say on how any plans that would affect them would be shaped. With the extensive programme of consultation events to be held throughout the area, the consultancy team has ensured that over the next eight weeks, everyone will have an opportunity to contribute to the process and I would certainly encourage people to do so.”

As part of the consultation process, around 7,000 leaflets will be distributed to homes and businesses within the study area. There will also be a series of public consultation events running from 28 October until 14 December, at various locations throughout the local area. These events will give people a chance to view the proposals and share their thoughts with the consultancy team.

The aim of the masterplan is to set out a vision for the future of the Greater Ballysillan area which will be used by central and local government, community organisations and the private sector to plan investment in the area over the next 10 to 20 years. 

Notes to editors:

1. The Masterplan has been commissioned by the Department for Social Development (DSD). 

2. The Paul Hogarth Company has been appointed from a new consultancy framework to produce the Masterplan for the Greater Ballysillan area of Belfast. Anticipated costs are £47,000. The concepts for the draft masterplan can be viewed on the DSD website 

3. Public consultation events

  • Monday 28 October (7.00-9.00pm) Westland Community Centre
  • Tuesday 5 November (6.30-8.30pm) Benview Community Centre
  • Wednesday 6 November (2.30-4.30pm) Concorde Community Centre
  • Monday 11 November (5.00-7.00pm) Immanuel Church of Ireland
  • Tuesday 12 November (6.00-8.00pm) Sacred Heart Church
  • Wednesday 13 November (11.30-2.00pm) Eglinton Presbyterian Church
  • Tuesday 19 November (6.30-8.30pm) Ballysillan Community Forum
  • Thursday 21 November (5.00-7.00pm) Cavehill Methodist Church
  • Tuesday 26 November (5.00-7.00pm) Joanmount Methodist Church
  • Saturday 14 December (11.00-3.00pm) Boys Model School (Family Fun Day)

4. Photos can be viewed on Flickr at

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