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Northern Ireland: Consultation starts on revamped hazard planning rules, community advised to take part in consultation

Words: Roger Milne

A round-up of planning news in Northern Ireland: 2 May-8 May, 2015

Consultation starts on revamped hazard planning rules

The Department of the Environment has issued a consultation paper on proposals to amend the Planning (Hazardous Substances) Regulations (Northern Ireland) 2015.

The Planner

RTPI appoints new commercial and corporate services director

Phil Pluck has joined the Royal Town Planning Institute (RTPI) as commercial and corporate services director.

The Planner 

Community urged to take part in consultation

Belfast City Council is fulfilling its new duty to lead the community planning process by using social media, workshops, public meetings and the web.

Belfast City Council

Northern Ireland Executive buys Belfast’s Causeway Exchange

The Northern Ireland Executive has bought a central Belfast office building - currently the home of the Department of Culture, Arts and Leisure - for just over £12 million, saying it will “generate substantial rental savings”.

BBC News

Mall one-way system on brink of being scrapped

Roads minister Danny Kennedy has cast doubt on the proposed one-way gyratory system being considered around Armagh's historic Mall. The plan is under review following a high number of objections.

Ulster Gazette

New housing registrations up 18% in the first quarter of 2015

Latest quarterly figures for new housing registrations in Northern Ireland show a 42 per cent increase on the same period last year, according to statistics released by the National House Building Council.