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Derelict Land

Volume 459: debated on Tuesday 1 May 2007

To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what disused public land is available in Northern Ireland; what plans are in place for each such site; and if he will make a statement. (132034)

The following plots of disused public land and the plans in place for each have been identified by Northern Ireland Departments:

Plans in place

Part of former Dunmurry Golf Course at Upper Dunmurry Lane/Creighton Road, Belfast

Planned use is for social housing subject to successful planning appeal

Land between Blacks Road and Colin Valley Golf Course, Belfast

Current proposal is for development as public open space with children’s play areas

Part of lands at Downshire Hospital

May be required for new Downe Hospital

Lands at Drumcoo, Enniskillen

May be required for new hospital in South West

Part of lands at Mid Ulster Hospital, Magherafelt

May be required for hospital use

Part of lands at Musgrave Park Hospital, Belfast

May be required for hospital use

Land at Fairhill Street, Ballycastle

Likely to be disposed of as surplus land in accordance with Land and Property Services guidance

Site of store, Curragh Road, Coleraine

Likely to be disposed of as surplus land in accordance with Land and Property Services guidance

Land adjacent to river bank of Lower Bann River near Kilrea

Likely to be disposed of as surplus land in accordance with Land and Property Services guidance

Land on bank of Faughan River at Drumahoe

Likely to be disposed of as surplus land in accordance with Land and Property Services guidance

Land at Quoile pondage, Downpatrick

Very restricted use due to environmental protection designations. Its future may be determined by DOENI Environment and Heritage Service

Killyleagh Former HS (South Eastern Education and Library Board)

Future development of Killyleagh OEC

Killowen PS/Laurelhill HS, Lisburn (South Eastern Education and Library Board)

Potential reuse of campus for new education provision

Downshire PS, Main Street, Dundrum (South Eastern Education and Library Board)

Held for new build Infant/Diagnostic Unit for Knockevin Special School

Former Ballymena Boys’ and Girls’ High School, Demesne Avenue, Ballymena (North Eastern Education and Library Board)

Planned location for re-organised Special School Provision in Ballymena involving the amalgamation of Beechgrove, Dunfane and Loughan Schools

969 acres owned by the Department for Social Development at 380 locations

158 acres for transfer to housing associations for social housing

292 acres for sale for private housing

519 acres to be retained for future development