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Explanatory Memorandum to Strategic Investment and Regeneration of Sites (Northern Ireland) Order 2003

Regeneration of Sites

8.The second strand of the RRI which the Order provides for is the transfer from the Ministry of Defence and Northern Ireland Office, of a number of military bases and security sites free of charge.  The initial sites are Ebrington Barracks in Londonderry, Crumlin Road Gaol, the Maze Prison, and security force bases at Magherafelt, Malone Road, Belfast, and adjacent to the Maze Prison at Long Kesh.  It is possible that further sites will transfer in the future, but these may not be free of charge.

9.The Order provides the OFMDFM with the power to hold, manage, develop and dispose of the assets transferred under the RRI.  It also provides OFMDFM with the power to develop the sites with the object of regeneration.  In addition to the options of development directly by the OFMDFM or by one or more development corporations, the Order provides for the power to set up a regeneration company in collaboration with other bodies and organisations with an interest.  A regeneration company or development corporation approach will be established only where this is deemed to be a feasible approach for a chosen site or sites, for the purpose of major economic and social and/or environmental regeneration.  Such an approach may be relevant only for the larger sites.  The Order also provides for partnership with local communities and businesses.

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