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25/09/2020

Northern Ireland round-up: Belfast plots its economic recovery; Planning handling remains tardy; Coleraine hospital site okayed for homes

Words: Roger Milne
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A round-up of planning news in Northern Ireland: 19 September-25 September, 2020

Capital plots its economic recovery

Belfast City Council has detailed its priorities and the resources it will commit to the capital’s economic recovery as it confronts the Covid-19 emergency.

The Planner

Planning handling remains tardy

Average processing times for local planning applications during the first three months of 2020 were 17.4 weeks, an increase of 3.6 weeks compared to same period a year earlier but well in excess ofthe 15 week target. Three of the 11 councils were within the target, however. In the case of major applications average processing times showed an improvement of one week compared to a year ago but still considerably higher than the 30 week target.

Northern Ireland Executive

Strabane social housing 

Developer McGettigan Homes is eyeing up the former Our Lady of Mercy High School site in Strabane for a social housing development. .

Irish News

Park and ride progress

Minister Nichola Mallon has announced the first phase of this year’s park and ride programme which will see a total of five projects progressed in Downpatrick, Newtownards, Comber, Cairnshill Belfast and Trooperslane Carrickfergus.

Northern Ireland Executive

Coleraine hospital site okayed for homes

Causeway Coast and Glens Borough Council has approved a55-home development on a former hospital site in Coleraine.

Causeway Coast and Glens Borough Council

Urban rethink urged

Derry architect Peter Tracey, the chair of Northern Ireland’s Historic Buildings Council has called for a major rethink of how urban spaces are used in light of the coronavirus pandemic. He has suggested some areas could become pedestrian-only zones after 6.30pm to facilitate the evening economy.

Irish News

Shared community space for west Belfast

A multi-million pound "shared community space" is to be built at a former factory site in west Belfast thanks to funding from the EU's Peace IV Programme, along with the Republic's Department of Rural and Community Development and Stormont's Department for Communities. It will be managed by the Black Mountain Shared Space cross-community association.

Belfast City Council

Derry road rage

Up to 300 retail jobs could be at risk in Derry city if a new highway development on the Buncrana Road goes ahead in its current form, business groups have warned.

Irish News

Broadband boost

Digital infrastructure provider Openreach has said 50 per cent of homes and businesses in the Province can now access full-fibre broadband on its network.

Belfast Telegraph

Belfast LDP hearing

The Planning Appeals Commission has published both the guidance notes and the draft hearings programme for the initial public sessions of the examination of Belfast City Council’s LDP which will be held between 16 and 27 November.

Planning Appeals Commission

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