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Ford and Poots welcome Desertcreat planning decision  

The delivery of the new training college for the police, prison and fire and rescue services has taken a huge step closer following the granting of full planning permission.
Wednesday, 9 January 2013

The granting of planning permission is a significant milestone in the delivery of the College. I very much look forward to seeing the project develop.

Justice Minister David Ford MLA,Northern Ireland Department of Justice

Justice Minister David Ford and Public Safety Minister Edwin Poots welcomed the decision by Environment Minister Alex Attwood to grant full planning permission for the 23,000sqm campus which has been newly named the Northern Ireland Community Safety College at Desertcreat.

The College, which represents a major investment by the Executive, will be a world leader in training facilities for the police, prison and fire and rescue service and is due to be completed in 2015.

Welcoming the planning approval, Justice Minister David Ford said: “This is excellent news.  The new Community Safety College at Desertcreat will be a facility that the three services, and indeed Northern Ireland as a whole, can be proud of.  Not only will it provide world class academic facilities but specialised practical training areas such as a mock city centre and police station, fire house and prison, will ensure that the College will meet the collective and individual needs of each service.

“Work is due to start on the College this year, which will give a welcome boost to the economy with the creation of some 1500 – 2000 construction jobs.  

“The granting of planning permission is a significant milestone in the delivery of the College.  I very much look forward to seeing the project develop.”

Public Safety Minister Edwin Poots said: “This is another important milestone in the story of the Northern Ireland Community Safety College.  This state-of-the art facility is a wonderful resource for fire, prison and police personnel as it offers new learning and training techniques.  This type of joint facility isn’t available anywhere else in the world. Here in Northern Ireland, we are leading the way and it is something we can be rightly proud of.

“I would like to thank everyone who has contributed to getting the College to this point. While we still have much work to do, progress continues behind the scenes.  I know everyone who will use the College is looking forward to seeing the finished facility.”

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