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Former Prisons

Volume 447: debated on Thursday 8 June 2006

To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what plans he has for the former site of (a) HMP Maze and (b) HMP Crumlin Road, Belfast; and what planning permissions have been sought. (74718)

The Masterplan for the Maze/Long Kesh site was published on 30 May 2006. This shows the vision for development on the site. No planning permissions have as yet been sought. A copy of the Masterplan has been placed in the Libraries of both Houses.

The development of the Crumlin Road Gaol and Girdwood sites will be taken forward on an integrated basis through a master planning approach. This will be subject to full public consultation. Listed building consent and planning approval was granted in March 2004 for the demolition of non-listed buildings and other works at the Gaol. Planning permission for the installation of CCTV cameras at Girdwood was granted in February 2006. Planning applications were submitted in March 2006 for repair and restoration works to the Gaol.