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Northern Ireland round-up: Bill clarifying decision-making powers of civil servants published; Key cross-border greenway scheme for Strabane unveiled

Words: Roger Milne

A round-up of planning news in Northern Ireland: 13 October-19 October, 2018

Bill clarifying decision-making powers of NI civil servants published

Northern Ireland Secretary Karen Bradley has introduced legislation to help restore devolved government in Northern Ireland that crucially clarifies the decision-making powers of civil servants in the absence of ministers at Stormont.

The Planner

Key cross-border greenway scheme for Strabane unveiled

Proposals for a new cross-border Greenway scheme providing a shared cycling and walking route linking Strabane in County Tyrone to Lifford in County Donegal go on display next week.

The Planner

The Planner Careers Survey 2019

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The Planner

RTPI members elected to the Academy of Social Sciences

The Academy of Social Sciences announces that four members of the RTPI have been elected as fellows.


Glenarm harbour developer sought

Commercial estate agency Lisney has been hired by Mid and East Antrim Borough Council to find a developer for the currently disused 0.48-hectare Eglinton Yard site at Glenarm Harbour.

Belfast Telegraph

Portrush regeneration progress

With nine months to go before the 148th Open is staged at Royal Portrush Golf Club, projects costing £17 million to regenerate the town including a new train station, a major public realm scheme and improvements to shop frontages, are making waves.

Northern Ireland Executive

Belfast clocks record cruising

A record-breaking 185,000 cruise passengers and crew called at Belfast during 2018. August was the busiest month, with 24 ships docking in the harbour.

Belfast Telegraph

County Tyrone police station tourist trap

A County Tyrone family has launched a bid to turn the former village police station in Stewartstown into four new self-catering tourist flats.

Belfast Telegraph

Lisburn flood scheme starts

Work on a £935,000 flood alleviation scheme in the Hull’s Lane area of Lisburn has started.

Northern Ireland Executive

Tyrone church renovation wrangle

A council’s decision to withdraw £200,000 of funding to a Tyrone church for a renovation project on a former manse because it refused to sign an agreement containing an equality clause has ruffled feathers.

Belfast Telegraph