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Northern Ireland round-up: Belfast airport planning condition inquiry starts, £100m out-of-town village approved

Words: Roger Milne

A round-up of planning news in Northern Ireland: 16 May - 22 May, 2015

Belfast airport planning condition inquiry kicks off

A public inquiry began this week to scrutinise controversial proposals to scrap the ‘seats for sale’ planning agreement that restricts the number of flights at George Best Belfast City Airport.

The Planner

Planning research conference requires abstract submissions

The deadline submission date for abstracts for the 2015 UK-Ireland Planning Research Conference is fast approaching.

The Planner

Green light for 4-star boutique hotel in Titanic Quarter

Belfast’s Titanic Quarter is to get a new four-star boutique hotel after planning permission was granted for the development by Belfast City Council’s planning committee. Approval was the first major scheme determined by the committee since the council took on responsibility for planning in April following local government reform.

Belfast City Council

£100m out-of-town village approved

Campaigners have claimed that Ballymena is set to become a ghost town after councillors narrowly voted in favour of another large out-of-town retail development.

Belfast Telegraph

Council supports listing of Danske Bank and Belfast Telegraph buildings

Belfast City Council has voted to support the listing of Danske Bank’s headquarters and part of the Belfast Telegraph’s building by the Northern Ireland Environment Agency.

BBC News

Northern Ireland needs 11,000 new homes built

One of Northern Ireland’s largest estate agents has said 11,000 new homes need to be built by 2020 if the region’s property market is to remain buoyant.

Belfast Telegraph

Belfast City Council buys Clarendon House for £24.7m

Belfast City Council has purchased Clarendon House for £24.7 million with plans to knock it down and build a new 100,000 square feet office complex.

Belfast Telegraph

Pupils learn all about planning

To celebrate Antrim and Newtownabbey Borough Council gaining its new planning powers, the Planning Section, in partnership with the Royal Town Planning Institute, held a week-long event giving local school children the chance to explore the planning processes that go into designing a healthy and enjoyable place to live and visit.

Newtownabbey Times