Application for planning the proposed development of the festival

The application is for “the proposed development of facilities to allow for outdoor events, mainly (but not limited to) the promotion of art and music through the annual (camping) festival in the beautiful countryside – the Stendhal Festival (established in 2011).

“The Stendhal Festival is now the largest annual tent gathering in Northern Ireland’s history. The annual event is predominantly a pop-up event with an economic impact of over £2 million a year.

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“For charitable purposes, Stendhal Festival Ltd also hosts an annual children’s art festival. Since 2018, more than 2,000 schoolchildren have taken part in the event, and more than 1,000 children are expected in 2022.”

The filing notes that Stendhal Festival Ltd intends to submit additional planning applications in the next period to make the approximately six acres of the site as convenient and comfortable as possible so that the organization can support itself in the recent and wider environment.

“These developments will allow us to host additional smaller events over one weekend per year, given the expected restrictions and trust restrictions due to Covid-19 in the coming years.

“The development of facilities for use by community groups includes stages, sound booths, landscaping, shops, decks. Leisure areas (indoor and outdoor), bars, cafes, driveways, access roads and paths for the disabled, facilities for the disabled, security, lighting, fencing, decking and drainage.”

Councilor Chivers, who lives near Ballymully Cottage Farm, commented: “Stendhal has become one of the council’s iconic events and the festival is getting bigger and better every year.

“This is a big benefit for the community and the city of Limavady, as well as a big economic benefit for the area where people come from afar.

“Locals are involved in the festival from the very beginning, helping organize it before enjoying the music and arts program.

“It’s great to see Stendhal promoting the music and arts sector the way they do, especially after the pandemic, as those sectors have been the hardest hit and have been hit hard over the past couple of years.

“There is always a big buzz around Drumsurn and the city because everyone is looking forward to it. This is a fantastic family event and I hope they accept the application because it is very beneficial for everyone.

The application is expected to reach the Causeway Coast and Glens Planning Committee in the coming months.

This year, the Stendhal Festival will return to its single festival format, running from June 30 to July 2, when 10,000 people are expected to attend.

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