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21/06/2019

Northern Ireland round-up: Belfast reveals ‘green and blue’ infrastructure blueprints; Spat over Cookstown hotel redevelopment

Words: Roger Milne

A round-up of planning news in Northern Ireland: 15 June-21 June, 2019

Belfast reveals ‘green and blue’ infrastructure blueprints

Belfast City Council has started consulting on two new strategies to shape the long-term approach to planning, investment and management of the city’s parks and open spaces, rivers and lakes.

The Planner

RTPI president calls for more resources to achieve climate targets

RTPI president Ian Tant has said planners lack the resources, policies and powers to make the ‘significant impact that is essential’ to meet the government’s target to eradicate its net contribution to climate change by 2050.

The Planner

RTPI says public sector planning is facing ‘serious’ recruitment challenges

RTPI chief executive Victoria Hills believes public sector planning is facing ‘serious challenges’ in recruiting and retaining planning talent.

The Planner

Spat over Cookstown hotel redevelopment

An application to demolish the Greenvale Hotel in Cookstown and replace the tragedy-hit venue with five luxury homes is linked to moves by Mid Ulster District Council to bring in a policy in its emerging local development plan that would protect existing tourism sites from redevelopment to other uses.

Belfast Telegraph

Cross-border park boost

The EU is to invest almost £7.98 million in a project linking towns separated by the Irish border with a cross-border park between Strabane in Northern Ireland and Lifford in the Irish Republic.

BBC News

Coleraine campus project backed

The multimillion-pound redevelopment of the Northern Regional College's Coleraine Campus should go ahead, planning officials in the Causeway Coast and Glens Council have recommended. It would involve the demolition of the current college building and development on the existing site, with the NRC's Ballymoney campuses absorbed into the new education hub.

Belfast Telegraph

Lisburn hotel extension okayed

The owners of Lisburn's Premier Inn Hotel have been given consent to build another 51 bedrooms at the venue by Lisburn and Castlereagh City Council.

Belfast Telegraph

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