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Northern Ireland round-up: Appeals regime takes a hit in Northern Ireland; Go-ahead for Lurgan housing

Words: Roger Milne

A round-up of planning news in Northern Ireland: 21 March-27 March, 2020

Appeals regime takes a hit in Northern Ireland

Northern Ireland’s planning appeals system has been dealt a blow as a result of the coronavirus outbreak. The offices of the Planning Appeals Commission are now closed.

The Planner

RTPI: Tell us your views on Covid-19 response from government

The RTPI wants to hear its members’ views on the UK Government’s response to the coronavirus (Covid-19).

The Planner

Hills suggests a cut in working hours to help mental health

RTPI chief executive Victoria Hills has introduced measures at the institute to allow staff to reduce their working hours by 30 per cent to safeguard their mental health while working from home during the coronavirus lockdown.

The Planner

Self-employed need more support during coronavirus crisis, says RTPI

RTPI chief executive Victoria Hills has urged the government to expedite plans to support self-employed workers in the UK during the Covid-19 pandemic.

The Planner

RTPI Awards for Planning Excellence to go ahead – on YouTube

The RTPI Awards for Planning Excellence are to take place as scheduled on 30 April – but as an exclusively online event.

The Planner

Go-ahead for Lurgan housing

Developer Boconnell Properties has been given the go-ahead by Armagh City, Banbridge and Craigavon Borough Council for a scheme of 41 homes on a site opposite St Ronan's College in Lurgan.

Insider Media

Ballycastle named the best

Ballycastle in County Antrim has been named the best place to live in Northern Ireland by the Sunday Times – thanks, in part, to its “refreshingly salty” air.

Belfast Live

Green light for Shankhill social housing

Radius Housing Association has obtained approval from Belfast City Council for a development of 46 social and affordable homes in the Shankhill area of the capital.

Insider Media