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Northern Ireland round-up: Belfast flat schemes gain approval; PAC publishes revised guidance for LDP hearings

Words: Roger Milne

A round-up of planning news in Northern Ireland: 7 December-13 December, 2019

Belfast flat schemes gain approval

Proposals for a 10-storey mixed-use development on Dublin Road in Belfast have been approved by the city council.

The Planner

General election 2019: Conservatives win with a majority of 79

Boris Johnson will continue as the UK prime minister after the Conservative Party won 365 seats in the general election, a majority of 79.

The Planner

PAC publishes revised guidance for LDP hearings

The Planning Appeals Commission has published a revised version of its Procedures for Independent Examination of local development plans (LDP) document.  

Planning Appeals Commission

Open boost

The Open golf championship held at Royal Portrush over the summer generated more than £100 million of economic benefit for Northern Ireland, according to a study commissioned by organiser Royal and Ancient Golf Club of St Andrews.

Belfast Telegraph

Railway signal cabin restoration steams off with award

The restoration of a former railway signal cabin that was found derelict and rotten in a County Fermanagh orchard – now renamed Downpatrick East – has been recognised at the National Railway Heritage Awards.

Belfast Telegraph

Capital hub site hunt

Belfast City Council has announced that it is looking for a development site of up to 0.6 hectares in the city centre close to the Cathedral Quarter for its so-called Belfast Destination Hub.

Belfast Telegraph

Reservoir issues resolved

Media reports suggest that the planning problem holding up development downstream of Northern Ireland's two biggest reservoirs has been resolved following agreement by the Department for Infrastructure (DfI) that NI Water, which manages the reservoirs, should have a bigger role advising Newry, Mourne and Down District Council on safety issues alongside DfI’s River Agency.

BBC News