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Northern Ireland round-up: ‘Greenway’ strategy takes off as 1,000km network approved; Belfast planners to reject 19-storey apartments block bid

Words: Roger Milne

A round-up of planning news in Northern Ireland: 5 November - 11 November, 2016

‘Greenway’ strategy takes off as 1,000km network approved 

Infrastructure minister Chris Hazzard has given the green light for 1,000 kilometres of ‘greenways’, as part of a government strategy to develop a network of greenway paths across the north of the country, including cross border connections.

The Planner

Technology puts power of strategic planning in focus, says Professor Michael Batty

Professor Michael Batty has said that the use of technology tools, and how they explain the potential impact on large infrastructure projects, will make calls for more strategic planning difficult to ignore.

The Planner

Significant planning issues, audit suggests

Armagh City Banbridge and Craigavon Borough Council has insisted that it is making significant improvements to its planning service after an internal audit revealed a number or shortcomings and missed targets

Portadown Times

Ulster University: PAC upholds Jordanstown housing plan rejection

Refusal of a major housing development on the site of Ulster University's Jordanstown campus has been upheld by the Planning Appeals Commission. The university is moving much of its Jordanstown operation to Belfast and proposed to build 600 houses on the site.

BBC News

Belfast planners to reject 19-storey apartments block bid

Proposals for a development involving a 19-storey block of flats and student accommodation in the Sailortown area of Belfast have been recommended for refusal by city planners.

Belfast Telegraph

Mayor welcomes Nailor’s Row public realm investment

Derry City and Strabane District Council has welcomed government proposals for the creation of a high quality public realm scheme for the Nailor’s Row and surrounding area in Derry.

Derry City and Strabane District Council

Belfast Sirocco site being sold to UK buyer for development

The six-hectare Sirocco site in east Belfast - due to be developed in a £300 million regeneration scheme - has finally being sold to a new UK buyer, according to the Belfast Telegraph.

Belfast Telegraph

Views sought on To Let signs in the city

Belfast City Council is seeking the public’s views around the control of ‘To Let’ signs in the city and whether they should be restricted or banned.

Belfast City Council

Derelict Belfast tunnels to be regenerated

A network of derelict tunnels near Belfast city centre is to be given a new lease life as part of a major regeneration project.

Belfast Telegraph