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Northern Ireland round-up: Bangor regeneration scheme green-lit, planning applications continue to rise

Words: Roger Milne

A round-up of planning news in Northern Ireland: 21 March-27 March, 2015

Green light for major Bangor regeneration scheme

Social development minister Mervyn Storey has welcomed the go-ahead for a major regeneration scheme in a prominent position overlooking the marina at Queen’s Parade in Bangor.

The Planner

Planning applications continue to rise

The number of planning applications received has risen for the third consecutive quarter this financial year, according to the latest development management statistics published by the administration for the three months between October and December 2014. These showed a 14 per cent increase in activity compared with the same period 12 months previously.

Northern Ireland Executive

Planning website remains available to public during transfer to councils – Durkan

Mark H Durkan has assured the public that the planning website will remain available to the public during planning’s transition to councils, although some functionality may be temporally unavailable. His pledge came days after angry anti-fracking campaigners branded the departments’ planning website "a disaster" after it mistakenly posted that an application for exploratory drilling on the north coast had been refused.

Northern Ireland Executive

Craigavon Bridge among six new listings proposed for Derry Area - Durkan

The Department of Environment is consulting Derry City Council on the listing of six more structures – including the iconic Craigavon Bridge - and proposed delisting of three.

Northern Ireland Executive

RTPI Convention: The New Politics for Planning

Bookings are now being taken for the RTPI’s The New Politics for Planning convention, which will take place on Tuesday 7 July, 2015.

Planning Convention