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Northern Ireland round-up: BMAP review, chief planner visits planning transfer project

Words: Roger Milne

A round-up of planning news in Northern Ireland: 4 October - 10 October, 2014

Review for Belfast Metropolitan Area Plan

Enterprise minister Arlene Foster has confirmed that she will seek a judicial review over the approval of the Belfast Metropolitan Area Plan (BMAP). The plan was signed off by environment minister Mark H Durkan without the agreement of the full Northern Ireland Executive. 

The Planner

Chief planner visits first planning transfer project in Newry, Mourne and Down

Northern Ireland’s chief planner Fiona McCandless visited Newry as staff from DOE Planning relocated into Newry Mourne and Down Council offices, the first time staff from DOE and local councils have co-located. This marks a further stage towards the transfer of planning powers to local government in April 2015.

Department of the Environment 

Belfast International Airport seeks enterprise zone status

Belfast International Airport is planning to seek enterprise zone status, according to its managing director Graham Keddie who has said the airport wanted to develop land around Aldergrove into a project similar to Manchester's Airport City.

BBC News 

Is this the right time to gamble on casino in Belfast?

Opponents of plans for Northern Ireland's first casino, proposed as part of a new hotel and leisure development in Belfast, have been accused of puritanical nonsense.

Belfast Telegraph 

Harbour chief in call for funding for A1 relief road

Warrenpoint Harbour boss Peter Conway has called for the construction of a relief road between the A1 and Warrenpoint dual carriageway.

Belfast Telegraph 

From military HQ to Durkan HQ

Ebrington, first designated for military use during the Siege of Derry in 1689, has become the new regional HQ for environment minister Mark H Durkan. The minister, along with DOE planning chief Fiona McCandless, has now relocated there.

Northern Ireland Executive 

Residents in resolution vow after housing approved for ‘iconic’ Derry site

Approval has been given to a controversial scheme for 20 split-level dwellings on a prominent site overlooking Derry at Dunfield Terrace. 

Derry Journal