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Northern Ireland round-up: Cemetery scheme gets motorcycle grand prix fans in a lather; Council dealing with more planning applications than last year

Words: Roger Milne

A round-up of planning news in Northern Ireland: 27 August-2 September, 2016

Cemetery scheme gets motorcycle grand prix fans in a lather

Proposals for a new cemetery, which would be located in an area that affects a section of the Ulster Grand Prix circuit, is causing a furore.

The Planner 

Candidates announced for RTPI vice-president 

Candidates from across the UK have put themselves forward to be elected to the RTPI’s General Assembly and Board, including the chair of the board and vice-president roles.

The Planner

Homelessness doubled since 2000 in Northern Ireland

Homelessness in Northern Ireland has doubled since the turn of the millennium, according to new figures showing that the province has the highest comparative level of homelessness in the UK. The figures emerged as homeless charity Shelter NI launched a campaign aimed at raising awareness of the issue here.

Belfast Telegraph

New visitor centre opens in east Belfast

A new tourism facility located in the heart of east Belfast delivered by Landmark East, a not-for-profit company owned by EastSide Partnership, has been officially opened. It aims to increase visitor numbers to the area and provide a boost to the local economy.

Belfast City Council 

Council dealing with more planning applications than last year

Belfast City Council is dealing with around 25 per cent more planning applications than when it took over the responsibility for the service last year.

Belfast City Council 

RTB for NI associations could be scrapped (subscription)

The Northern Ireland Executive would consider halting the Right to Buy for housing associations if the Office for National Statistics reclassifies them as public.

Inside Housing

Multimillion-pound investment in firm behind planned Belfast power station

Northern Ireland’s largest local venture capital fund, Crescent Capital, has invested in the firm behind a planned new power station in Belfast earmarked for a site in Belfast Harbour.

BBC News