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Northern Ireland: Emergency legislation safeguards some planning and regeneration; Derry/Londonderry’s historic centre crowned NI’s Best Place

Words: Roger Milne
Northern Ireland

A round-up of planning news in Northern Ireland: 11 November-17November, 2017

Emergency legislation safeguards some planning and regeneration spend in NI

Emergency legislation to make sure that funding for regeneration, planning and housing in Northern Ireland does not run out amid the continuing impasse at Stormont received Royal Assent this week.

The Planner

Derry/Londonderry’s historic centre crowned NI’s Best Place

The public has voted Derry/Londonderry’s historic centre as the winner of the RTPI’s Northern Ireland Best Places competition.

The Planner

RTPI accredits town-planning course in Hong Kong

The Chinese University of Hong Kong has been accredited by the RTPI for its town planning undergraduate programme.

The Planner

Dark sky observatory

Star gazers are expected to flock to County Tyrone when a ‘Dark Sky Observatory’ like one at Dalmellington in Ayr, Scotland, is created in the Sperrins following the green light from Mid Ulster District Council.

Mid Ulster District Council

Advisers named for investment fund

The Department of Finance has appointed CBRE Capital Advisors to manage a new £100 million investment fund, which will focus investment in the areas of regeneration, office and low carbon projects to deliver economic growth.

Department of Finance

Vacant school sites ripe for development

There are 25 closed schools lying vacant – in some cases on prime development land – across Northern Ireland, according to an assessment based on a Freedom of Information request involving the Education Authority recently undertaken by the Belfast Telegraph.

Belfast Telegraph

Boost in new home starts

The number of new homes being started in Northern Ireland is at its highest level in seven years, with 19 per cent more dwellings were started between April and June this year compared with the same quarter last year, according to statistics released by the Department for Communities.

Department for Communities

Cycling support in the capital

The Belfast public support more spending and improved infrastructure for cycling in the city, a new survey by charity Sustrans suggests.

Belfast Telegraph

Gold mine benefits highlighted

A proposed gold mine in County Tyrone could bring ‘significant economic benefit' to Northern Ireland, an industry body has claimed.

Belfast Telegraph

Hotel for Derry

Plans have been unveiled for a £15 million 152-bedroom hotel at the historic Ebrington site in Derry.

BBC News

First ‘cycle hub’ opened

Northern Ireland's ‘first cycle hub’ has been opened by Lisburn & Castlereagh City Council which provides a repair station, part of the council’s wider plan to develop its Billy Neill Soccer Centre of Excellence to include over five kilometres of cycle and walking paths.

Belfast Telegraph