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Northern Ireland round-up: Belfast’s planning reforms to focus on customer service; Green light for 3,500-home Derry scheme

Words: Roger Milne

A round-up of planning news in Northern Ireland: 30 December 2017-5 January 2018

Belfast’s planning reforms to focus on customer service

Belfast City Council has announced that it will focus on how it communicates with its customer groups as it looks to reform its planning service.

The Planner

Green light for 3,500-home Derry scheme

Outline proposals for a new neighbourhood in Derry, providing up to 3,500 new homes, have been approved by the Derry City and Strabane District Council planning committee.

The Planner

London chief planner receives New Year’s honour

Planning, transport and housing professionals have been recognised for their achievements in the latest Queen’s New Year's Honours list.

The Planner

First Belfast BTR scheme proposed

Belfast could be set to see its first build-to-rent (BTR) residential scheme following the submission of a detailed planning application for a 19-storey apartment building in the city’s Cathedral Quarter.

Belfast Telegraph

More flak for Cathedral Quarter project

Developer Castlebrooke’s outline proposals for a major regeneration scheme in Belfast’s Cathedral Quarter are facing increasingly stiff criticism from key conservation bodies and the Church of Ireland.

Belfast Telegraph

Retail park revamp

Retail park Junction One has been rebranded as ‘The Junction’ as the County Antrim facility received the go-ahead for a £30 million revamp.

Belfast Telegraph

Giant’s Causeway a tourist hit

The Giant's Causeway has become the first Northern Ireland tourist project to attract one million visitors over a 12-month period.

Belfast Telegraph

Economic growth figures

Northern Ireland’s economy grew by just 1.1 per cent last year, while Belfast was also the slowest-expanding UK capital city, according to the latest figures from the Office for National Statistics

Belfast Telegraph

Revised Belfast student housing scheme mooted

A Scottish developer that was refused permission to build a large student housing scheme in Belfast's Golden Mile is trying again with a smaller project.

Belfast Telegraph

Health and well-being project makes waves

Plans to create a state-of-the-art health and well-being complex in Northern Ireland have passed a further milestone now plans have been formally submitted to Belfast City Council for the proposed King's Hall Health and Wellbeing Park.

Insider Media

Belfast cycleway

Work will start next week on a £300,000 two-way cycle lane scheme in Belfast’s Middlepath Street, the Department for Infrastructure has confirmed.

Northern Ireland Executive

Section 54 advice (pdf)

The Department for Infrastructure has issued Development Management Practice Note 24: Section 54 Applications, which sets out the legislative requirements associated with applications for planning permission for the development of land without complying with conditions previously attached to a grant of permission.

Northern Ireland Executive