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O'Dowd welcomes Lisanelly planning recommendation

Published: 7 May, 2013

L-R: John O'Dowd, Michaela Boyle MLA, Declan McAleer MLA.

L-R: John O'Dowd, Michaela Boyle MLA, Declan McAleer MLA.

Education Minister, John O'Dowd, has welcomed the news that planning approval is to be recommended for a shared education campus in Omagh.

Securing approval will enable the progression of the Lisanelly site as a shared campus for up to six schools.

Minister O'Dowd said: "The announcement that planning permission is to be recommended for the Lisanelly site is welcome news. It is a key step forward on delivering the shared campus in Omagh.

"The Executive has committed itself to the delivery of this flagship project which will deliver real educational benefits for the children and young people of Omagh. It will be the largest single investment project ever undertaken in the education sector here and will be a massive boost to the economy and in particular the local construction industry."

Sinn Féin MLA and member of the Education committee at Stormont Michaela Boyle said,

"Many of the post-primary schools in Omagh are in need of major capital development. Through co-location of the existing schools on the Lisanelly site, this landmark project offers a unique opportunity to provide state-of-the-art facilities for every school - buildings, grounds and playing facilities of the highest quality. I welcome the Ministers announcement that progress is being made to deliver the shared campus."

Notes to editors:

1. Planning application K/2011/0736/O for a "Shared Educational Campus - including up to six core school buildings, shared facilities, sports pitches and associated ancillary accommodation and car parking" was submitted to DOE Planning and Local Government Group on 14 December 2011.

2. The applicant is the Department of Education(NI).

3. The application is being presented to the meeting of Omagh Council Planning and Public Services Committee on 7 May 2013 with an opinion to approve.

4. The Programme for Government 2011-15 includes progressing Lisanelly Shared Education Campus under Priority 4 Building a Shared Community.

5. For further information on the Lisanelly Shared Education Campus project visit http://www.omaghlisanellycampus.org/

6. The Department of Education has launched a new 'Education Works' advertising campaign. The campaign encourages families to play, talk, read and count with their child and to 'Get Involved Because Education Works'. Watch out for the ads on television, radio and outdoor locations. The campaign highlights the vital role families can play in helping children do well at school and improve their life chances. Visit http://www.nidirect.gov.uk/education-works for more information.

Watch the TV ad on the Department's YouTube channel: http://www.youtube.com/thedeptofeducation