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Northern Ireland round-up: Consultation on NI shale gas proposals extended; Belfast demolition war of words

Words: Roger Milne

A round-up of planning news in Northern Ireland: 6 July-12 July, 2019

Consultation on NI shale gas proposals extended

Northern Ireland’s Department for the Economy has confirmed to The Planner that it has extended the consultation period for two petroleum licences until the end of this month because of public concern over the proposals.

The Planner

Public lacks trust in developers

The public lacks trust in developers and the planning system, according to a survey published by property firm Grosvenor Britain & Ireland.

The Planner

UK climate action ‘lagging behind’

The UK Government must demonstrate that it is serious about meeting its legal obligations to tackle and prepare for climate change, says the Committee on Climate Change.

The Planner

Belfast demolition war of words

Belfast City Council has been accused of standing by and watching the architectural fabric being ripped out of the city following the demolition of historic brick warehouses last weekend, which provoked outrage from the head of the Ulster Architectural Heritage Society.

Belfast Telegraph

Woodland funding boost

The Department of Agriculture, Environment and Rural Affairs has announced the opening of the fifth phase of its scheme designed to encourage and support landowners who wish to plant their own woodland.

Northern Ireland Executive

Little change in travel patterns

In 2018 just under a quarter of all journeys taken in the Province were made by walking, cycling or public transport, which was no real change compared with the baseline year of 2015, according to the latest Travel Survey for Northern Ireland headline report.

Department for Infrastructure