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08/12/2017

Northern Ireland round-up: Belfast’s planning service faces overhaul; Housing stats

Words: Roger Milne

A round-up of planning news in Northern Ireland: 2 December-8 December, 2017

Belfast’s planning service faces overhaul

Belfast City Council has confirmed that it is reforming its planning service following recommendations in a report commissioned from Scotland’s former chief planner Jim Mackinnon.

The Planner

RTPI: Whitehall having powers to protect environment post-Brexit not enough

It isn’t enough for Whitehall to be repatriated with the powers to uphold existing planning and environment-related EU directives following Brexit, according to the RTPI.

The Planner

Online CPD modules on smart cities and digital economy launched

The RTPI has launched two new free online learning tools to help planners better understand the convergence of spatial data and technology in improving planning practice, as well as the role of planning in developing the technology sector.

RTPI

Housing stats

Latest annual housing statistics report published by the Department for Communities shows a 12 per cent rise in housing completions over the previous year, a 15 per cent increase in social housing completions and an increase of 8 per cent in residential planning applications.

Northern Ireland Executive                                                                       

Derry city deal support

James Brokenshire, the UK Northern Ireland Secretary, has given his backing to a city deal for Derry, according to Colum Eastwood, the leader of the SDLP.

BBC News

Belfast tops hotel growth

Belfast's hotel room numbers are growing at the fastest rate in the UK – with 1,247 currently being built, research has revealed.

Belfast Telegraph

Dundalk development

Pharmaceutical services company Wasdell Group is to establish a 6,500-square metre packaging, testing and distribution facility in Dundalk, creating 300 jobs over five years.

Insider Media

Construction growth

An official survey of businesses in Northern Ireland suggests that the construction sector underwent significant growth in 2016.

BBC News

Belfast Bikes bother

Fewer than one in seven Belfast Bikes are now in operation amid a growing wave of vandalism.

Belfast Telegraph

Climate change threatens birds

Climate change threatens to make many of Northern Ireland's rare breeding birds extinct, warn wildlife experts.

Belfast Telegraph

Javid in town to discuss Belfast City Region Deal

Sajid Javid, the UK communities secretary, visited Belfast this week for discussions on the Belfast City Region Deal, which involves six councils and the prospect of a £1 billion investment commitment over a 10-year period.

Belfast City Council

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