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Northern Ireland round-up: Belfast student housing schemes make waves; Consultation to start on A5 scheme

Words: Roger Milne

A round-up of planning news in Northern Ireland: 6 February-12 February, 2016

Belfast student housing schemes make waves

More significant student housing schemes are set to climb off the drawing board in Belfast.

The Planner

RTPI publishes updated Code of Conduct

The RTPI has published an updated Code of Conduct, which has already come into effect.

The Planner

Environmental Better Regulation Bill good news for the environment and business

The Environmental Better Regulation Bill has secured final approval from the Assembly. The legislation will strengthen environmental protection, simplify environmental legislation and reduce red tape for business.

Northern Ireland Executive

Belfast City Council wants to open up Lanyon Tunnels

A network of derelict railway tunnels in Belfast could be brought back to life. The eight disused railway arches - known as the Lanyon Tunnels - connect the Markets area with Belfast Central Station, St George’s Market and Lanyon Place.

Belfast Telegraph

Transformation of Queen’s parade a step closer

Consultancy GM Design Associates Limited has been appointed to assist the Department for Social Development in drawing up a development brief as part of the process to identify a private sector partner to deliver the Queen’s Parade redevelopment scheme in Bangor.

Northern Ireland Executive

Work to start on Fair Head tidal energy project in 2018

A massive tidal energy project on the seabed off Northern Ireland’s north coast should begin in 2018, said developers.

Belfast Telegraph

Consultation to start on A5 scheme

Transport minister Michelle McIlveen has announced the start of consultations on new draft Statutory Orders and a new environmental statement for the A5 Western Transport Corridor dual carriageway scheme, which is designed to improve links between urban centres in the west of Northern Ireland.

Northern Ireland Executive