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Northern Ireland round-up: Conservationists voice concern over habitat protection; McIlveen announces opening of next phase of the Forest Expansion Scheme

Words: Roger Milne

A round-up of planning news in Northern Ireland: 16 July-22 July, 2016

Conservationists voice concern over habitat protection

The protection of Northern Ireland's wildlife and key habitats could be at risk when the UK leaves the European Union, warns a leading environmental group.

The Planner 

Confidence drops in UK commercial property market – report

The UK commercial property market has seen a significant drop in investor demand and confidence following the vote to leave the European Union.

The Planner 

RTPI: Is planning reform heading in the right or wrong direction?

The RTPI is seeking the views of its members on the impact of recent planning reforms to the UK's planning systems and on their work.

The Planner

McIlveen announces opening of next phase of the Forest Expansion Scheme

Agriculture minister Michelle McIlveen has opened the next phase of the Forest Expansion Scheme, which provides support for farmers and landowners to plant woodlands of five hectares or larger this coming winter.

Department of Agriculture, Environment and Rural Affairs

DfI Planning moving to new office

The Department for Infrastructure’s planning functions team, based in Causeway Exchange, is moving to new offices in Adelaide Street, Belfast. The current general telephone number will remain unchanged as 0300 200 7830 as will the general e-mail address (planning@infrastructure-ni.gov.uk). The move should be complete by 25 July.

Planning Portal NI 

Investment of over £800,000 to benefit Waterside, Londonderry

Communities minister Paul Givan MLA has officially opened three neighbourhood renewal projects in the Waterside area of Londonderry funded by his department to the tune of over £800,800.

Department for Communities 

Belfast war memorial close to republican plot nominated for listed status

A First World War memorial in a cemetery better known for its republican plots is among the latest proposals from the Northern Ireland Environment Agency for listed status by Belfast City Council.

Belfast Telegraph