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Welcome for National Spatial Strategy from BMW Regional Assembly
Mr. Gerry Finn, Director of the Border, Midland and Western Regional Assembly welcomed the publication of the National Spatial Strategy by the Government.

Mr. Finn stated that the National Spatial Strategy sets out a twenty year blueprint for achieving a more balanced regional distribution of development in Ireland and will set an important context for the Mid-Term Evaluation of the National Development Plan, and the Regional Operational Programmes in 2003.

The BMW Regional Assembly had made a detailed submission to the Spatial Planning Unit of the Department of the Environment and Local Government in 2001 which highlighted the particular characteristics and needs of the BMW Region and which emphasised the need for effective rural planning in order to sustain, support and renew rural communities. The preparation of the National Spatial Strategy was set out in the National Development Plan as a key factor in ensuring that balanced regional development is achieved.

Mr. Finn further stated that he recognised that not all of the towns in the region could be designated as growth centres and that difficult choices had been made in prioritising centres that can make the greatest contribution to sustained economic growth in the regions. He also stated that he is looking forward to the effective implementation of the strategy and in particular the translation of the strategy into regional planning guidelines.

The BMW Regional Assembly was established in 1999 in order to give effect to the designation of the BMW region as an Objective 1 region for structural funds purposes. The Assembly is the designated Managing Authority for the Border Midland and Western Regional Operational Programme with a total planned investment of 4bn over the 2000-2006 period.
Author:Neil Flynn
Email:ndfl@indigo.ie
Posted Date:11/29/2002

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