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Northern Ireland round-up: Draft departmental decision-making powers bill for NI panned; Planning application lodged for fire-damaged Primark building

Words: Roger Milne

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

Draft departmental decision-making powers bill for NI panned

The UK Government's draft proposals to end decision-making paralysis in Northern Ireland do not provide proper accountability and are an invitation for legal challenge, warn unionists.

The Planner

Planning application lodged for fire-damaged Primark building

Proposals for the redevelopment of the fire-damaged Primark building in the centre of Belfast have been unveiled. They could see the upper floors of the severely damaged Bank Buildings demolished and then rebuilt using the original stonework to maintain the historic façade.

Belfast Telegraph

First purpose-built rent scheme for capital backed

Belfast City Council officials have recommended approval for the capital’s first build-to-rent apartment scheme, a 16-storey building on Academy Street, between Ulster University and The MAC.

Belfast Telegraph

Thumbs-up for Casement Park safety strategy

A panel of experts representing the emergency services has unanimously backed spectator safety procedures in the latest redevelopment plan for Casement Park.

Belfast Telegraph

Mixed-use proposal in for Belfast’s Smithfield area

An outline planning application has been submitted by Bywater Properties and Ashmour, for a site at Belfast’s Smithield Market between Gresham Street and Winetavern Street, designed to provide a mixed-use development including the refurbishment of the listed Butcher's Building.

Belfast Telegraph

Sion Mill masterplan display

The masterplan for the regeneration of the village of Sion Mills is on display as part of a public engagement exercise organised by Derry City & Strabane District Council.

Derry City & Strabane District Council

Water quality workshops

The Department of Agriculture, Environment and Rural Affairs is hosting a series of workshops next month (November) which will explore ways to improve water quality.

Northern Ireland Executive