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Northern Ireland round-up: Belfast fury over regeneration devolution; Durkan claims progress over remediating huge illegal waste tip near Londonderry

Words: Roger Milne

A round-up of planning news in Northern Ireland: 21 November-27 November, 2015

Belfast fury over regeneration devolution

Belfast City Council has called for an urgent meeting with the social development minister Mervyn Storey following his announcement of an indefinite delay in the transfer of regeneration powers to local government.

The Planner

Durkan claims progress over remediating huge illegal waste tip near Londonderry

Environment minister Mark H Durkan claimed this week that his department was making significant progress in finding a remediation solution for the huge volume of illegally dumped waste at Mobuoy near Londonderry, which threatens the River Faughan.

The Planner

Ballyhalbert man's home could be ‘ringed by wind turbines’ if plans approved

A County Down man says his home will be ringed by wind turbines if a council approves all the applications currently in the pipeline.

BBC News 

Fears over proposal to turn Belfast’s Ewarts Linen Warehouse into offices

Conservationists have voiced concern over proposals to convert a listed former linen warehouse in Belfast into offices.

Belfast Telegraph 

Northern Ireland Planning Statistics (pdf)

The first NI Planning quarterly statistical bulletin covering the period from April to June 2015 has been published.

Department of the Environment

Work to start on £862,000 improvements for Newry

Pre-construction works for public realm improvements, funded by the local authority and the Department for Social Development, are set to get under way shortly in the centre of Newry.

Northern Ireland Executive

Cycling report published

The first-ever cycling and Walking to/from Work in Northern Ireland report (for 2014/15) is now available.

Northern Ireland Executive