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New Casement Park planning application submitted

Ulster GAA has submitted a new planning application to Northern Ireland’s Belfast City Council for an iconic new provincial stadium at Casement Park.

The submission follows an unprecedented 32 week consultation period, with 95% of people that responded to the proposed design for the gaelic games venue coming out in favour of the project.

Developed by architect Populous, the proposed design sets out an iconic stadium bowl, a proposed spectator capacity of 34,186 and mixed use facilities with a range of resources to advance economic, cultural and heritage opportunities for West Belfast and beyond.

Ulster GAA received feedback from over 5,000 people throughout the consultation process with around 3,000 people responding to the PACC2 design phase.

92% of people believe that the project will bring socio economic benefits with 91% also stating that the proposed stadium design would be a positive aspect to the quality of the environment.

Tom Daly, chairman of the Casement Park Project Board commented:

Having engaged in a thorough and extensive consultation process the Casement Park project team is delighted to be submitting its planning application to Belfast City Council for a new provincial stadium at Casement Park.  We have listened, learned and acted, developing an exciting design for an iconic stadium that will make a significant sporting, economic, social and cultural contribution to Belfast and beyond.

We are delighted with the overwhelming support the project has received with 95% of people that responded being in favour of the scheme and also with the positive endorsement we received from the Safety Technical Group.  Everyone involved in the project is now looking forward to the next phase and developing on our plans to transform Casement Park into a venue that will inspire young people for generations to come.

The submission of the planning application follows a positive report by the Safety Technical Group on the progress of the project.  The report highlighted that the GAA’s proposed Casement Park Stadium Design and Management Plans are sufficiently developed, and in accordance with safety legislation and guidance, at this stage to provide a sound basis for development towards the GAA’s target capacity 34,186.

Daly added:

Through the outstanding professionalism, expertise and diligence of our team and our consultant partners, including RPS, Turley’s, Mott MacDonald and Populous, we have completed a comprehensive, transparent and inclusive consultation process and planning application. I would like to thank everyone involved in the process for the considerable contribution they have made.

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