Part of Oral Answers to Questions – in the Northern Ireland Assembly at 2:15 pm on 12th March 2013.

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Photo of John O'Dowd John O'Dowd Sinn Féin 2:15 pm, 12th March 2013

The Belfast Education and Library Board is the managing authority for the controlled schools estate in Belfast.  The board has not published a development proposal for a new primary school in inner south Belfast.  The boards will publish their draft area plans for primary schools for consultation on 19 March 2013.  The Belfast Board's plan will outline its proposal for primary provision in inner south Belfast, which will cover the three primary schools of Donegall Road, Fane Street and Blythefield. 

I understand that the Belfast Board has identified a potential site for a new amalgamated school on the Belfast City Hospital grounds and has submitted a planning application.  However, the Belfast Trust has not yet confirmed that the site is surplus to its requirements.  There will be an extended consultation period until the end of June for the primary school plans.  I hope that everyone will take the opportunity to consider the plans when they are published and respond to the consultation.