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Northern Ireland round-up: Belfast planning service makes progress on plans backlog; Amendment made to planning regulations

Words: Roger Milne

A round-up of planning news in Northern Ireland: 13 February-19 February, 2016

Belfast planning service makes progress on plans backlog

Belfast City Council’s planning service has made significant progress in clearing the backlog of ‘legacy applications’ it inherited from the Department of the Environment.

The Planner

Report gives thumbs-down to developer contribution system for affordable homes

A report exploring the introduction of a developer contributions scheme in Northern Ireland suggests that such an initiative would be impractical and unrealistic under current market conditions.

The Planner

Amendment made to planning regulations

The Department of the Environment has formulated the Planning (Local Development Plan) (Amendment) Regulations (Northern Ireland) 2016, which come into operation on 29 February 2016. These regulations close a current loophole by amending the transitional provisions in the Planning (Local Development Plan) Regulations (Northern Ireland) 2015 to include development plans prepared and adopted by the department under the Planning (Northern Ireland) Order 1972 within the definition of a departmental development plan under the Planning Act (Northern Ireland) 2011.

Northern Ireland Planning Portal

3,000 back petition to restore Belfast’s Floral Hall

Almost 3,000 people have signed a petition calling for the restoration of Belfast's Floral Hall, once the venue for dances, concerts and weddings.

Belfast Telegraph

Belfast footbridge plan still being pushed despite £7m funding shortfall

Stormont is continuing to spend hundreds of thousands of pounds on plans for a £7 million footbridge in Belfast despite not having final funding for the project, it has emerged.

Belfast Telegraph

Minister welcomes planning application for Raidió Fáilte project

Culture minister Carál Ní Chuilín has welcomed the submission of a planning application for a new Irish language facility in Belfast.

Northern Ireland Executive