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Northern Ireland round-up: Belfast’s local development plan makes progress; RTPI Northern Ireland calls for long-term plan for housing

Words: Roger Milne

A round-up of planning news in Northern Ireland: 21 January-27 January, 2017

Belfast’s local development plan makes progress

Formal public consultation has begun on how Belfast will develop over the period up to 2035.

The Planner 

RTPI Northern Ireland calls for long-term plan for housing 

RTPI Northern Ireland has set out five key requests of the parties in Northern Ireland, following the collapse of the Northern Ireland Executive one year after the Democratic Unionist Party/Sinn Féin coalition formed.

The Planner

Sinn Féin minister ‘calls in’ Casement Park

Outgoing infrastructure minister Chris Hazzard has instructed officials to 'call in' proposals for three major projects – Casement Park, the forthcoming planning application for Belfast Transport Hub and the anticipated planning application for the Dalradian Gold Mine.

Irish News

NI drafts industrial strategy for ‘increased competitiveness’

The Northern Ireland Executive has published a draft industrial strategy aimed at increasing the Province’s competitiveness.

BBC News

Consultation launched on Belfast cycle network

A draft plan for the Belfast Bicycle Network has proposed the creation of about 80 miles of routes with the aim of putting two-thirds of the city’s residents within 400 metres of a quality bicycle route.

Belfast Telegraph

Building gems shine again as social housing

Around 100 homes of architectural significance around Northern Ireland are to be brought back into use as social housing.

Belfast Telegraph

Givan extends Public Realm Programme to rural towns and villages

Communities minister Paul Givan has announced that he is extending his department’s scheme to regenerate public spaces to small towns and villages with a population of more than 1,000.

Department for Communities

Funding for York Street Interchange scheme announced

The Northern Ireland Executive has announced that funding of up to £4 million will be made available to develop the York Street Interchange Scheme to a construction-ready state.

Department for Infrastructure

Practice note issued

The Department for Infrastructure has issued Development Management Practice Note 21, which deals with planning agreements.

Planning Portal Northern Ireland