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Northern Ireland round-up: All change in Belfast city centre; Titanic Belfast beats Europe’s finest as top tourist attraction

Words: Roger Milne

A round-up of planning news in Northern Ireland: 3 September-9 September, 2016

All change in Belfast city centre

Major changes to the Northern Ireland capital are in prospect now high street giant Primark is poised to demolish the adjoining 60-year old Commonwealth House to facilitate a huge extension to its store.

The Planner

UCL campaign wins RTPI Sir Peter Hall award

The winners of the 2016 RTPI Awards for Research Excellence have been announced at a ceremony at the UK-Ireland Planning Conference in Cardiff.

The Planner

Titanic Belfast beats Europe’s finest as top tourist attraction

Titanic Belfast has been named Europe’s leading visitor attraction at the World Travel Awards.

The Irish Times

Londonderry: 'Green light' for 116-bedroom Strand Road hotel

Plans to build a new 116-bed hotel on Londonderry's Strand Road have been given the green light by Derry City and Strabane District Council.

BBC News

Housing demand outstrips supply in Derry and Strabane

The Housing Executive has warned that the demand for social housing in the north-west far outstrips supply.

BBC News

Council grants planning permission for 169 new houses at Tullyally

Members of Derry City and Strabane District Council’s planning committee have approved full planning permission for three applications totalling 169 dwellings at lands adjacent to Tullyally and Curryneiran, zoned as H24 in the Derry Area Plan 2011.

Derry City & Strabane District Council

Villagers suffer 'summer of hell as quarry pumps out dawn-to-dusk noise'

Families in Kircubbin have claimed that Ards and North Down Borough Council and the new Department of Infrastructure have let them down over the impact of pumping at a reopened flooded quarry on the Ards Peninsula.

Belfast Telegraph

McIlveen announces additional application date for the Forest Expansion Scheme

The administration has announced a second application date for funding from the Forest Expansion Scheme under the Rural Development Programme which provides support for farmers and landowners to plant woodlands of five hectares or larger this coming winter.

Department of Agriculture, Environment and Rural Affairs

Travellers' accommodation to be investigated by Human Rights Commission

The Human Rights Commission is to investigate Travellers' accommodation in Northern Ireland.

The Belfast Telegraph

McIlveen pumps £0.5million into environmental projects and announces date for Environmental Farming Scheme

Half a million pounds is to be pumped into almost 30 local environmental projects thanks to money raised by the plastic bag charge, environment minister Michelle McIlveen announced this week.

Department of Agriculture, Environment and Rural Affairs

Belfast Chamber launches ‘Belfast First’ Manifesto

Belfast Chamber of Trade and Commerce’s latest ten-year blueprint highlights the need to improve the capital’s infrastructure with a world-class transport system to help achieve the growth that is planned in the future years.

Belfast City Council

Public to get first glimpse of Brooke Park this week

The £5.6 million regeneration of Brooke Park in Derry has been completed and the facility is now open again to the public.

Derry City and Strabane District Council