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Northern Ireland round-up: Budget deal announced, Stormont shake-up

Words: Roger Milne

A round-up of planning news in Northern ireland: 17 January-25 January, 2015

Budget deal announced

Finance minister Simon Hamilton has insisted that the Northern Ireland Executive’s 2015/16 budget will continue to underpin economic growth. 

The Planner 

Stormont shake-up: Three departments likely to be broken up

Three of Northern Ireland’s executive departments are likely to be divided as part of a Stormont shake-up, according to a BBC report that names the Department of Environment (DoE) as a candidate for major administrative and policy surgery. 

BBC News 

Bell and McCann announce two urban villages schemes

Junior ministers Jonathan Bell and Jennifer McCann have announced two new ‘Urban Village’ projects aimed at transforming and regenerating part of south Belfast and, separately, the Bogside and Fountain area of Derry. 

Northern Ireland Executive 

New local planning offices - update

The Department of Environment has published a schedule for the opening of a clutch of the new-look local authority planning offices. 

Northern Ireland Planning Portal 

National Trust buys Mount Stewart estate land

The National Trust has bought nearly 365 hectares of land surrounding the historic Mount Stewart house and gardens on the Ards peninsula in County Down at a cost of £4 million, partly in a bid to forestall inappropriate development.

BBC News 

Earliest dated building in Derry revealed: Durkan

An archaeological dig has revealed what is believed to be the earliest dated building in County Londonderry.

Northern Ireland Executive