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Northern Ireland round-up: Belfast City Council mulls over devolution priorities; 1,000 new houses and 500 jobs to be created in housing development

Words: Roger Milne

A round-up of planning news in Northern Ireland: 9 April-15 April, 2016

Belfast City Council mulls over devolution priorities

Think tank ResPublica has told Belfast City Council that any new devolution package as part of a ‘city deal’ for the Northern Ireland capital and its immediate sub-region should involve employment, regeneration and transport.

The Planner

Number of chartered town planner applications increases

The number of planning professionals elected to chartered membership through the Assessment of Professional Competence (APC) reached 430 in 2015, according to figures from the RTPI.

The Planner

1,000 new houses and 500 jobs to be created in housing development

Northern Ireland property developer Alan Fraser is to develop a 43 hectare site on the outskirts of Newtownards, County Down. The company currently has planning permission for the first 100 houses on the site, which it has named Rivenwood.

Belfast Telegraph

BBC eyeing up two locations for new headquarters in Belfast

The BBC is eyeing up two major Belfast sites which could become its new headquarters in Northern Ireland.

Belfast Telegraph

Student accommodation SPG consultation launched

Belfast City Council has begun consulting on a new draft Supplementary Planning Guidance (SPG) document on purpose-built student accommodation.

Belfast City Council

Public inquiries to be held on A5 scheme

The Department for Regional Development has announced that public inquiries will be held on the A5 Western Transport Corridor (A5WTC) scheme proposals, probably starting in autumn 2016.

Northern Ireland Executive