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Northern Ireland round-up: Durkan admits planning handover has posed snags, Supermarket ‘could destroy Ballymena’s centre’

Words: Roger Milne

A round-up of planning news in Northern Ireland: 8 May-15 May, 2015

Durkan admits planning handover has posed problems

Transferring planning powers to local authorities has created a backlog of applications, environment minister Mark H Durkan told the Northern Ireland Assembly this week.

The Planner

Professional bodies lay out 16 steps for tackling underperforming towns and cities

Four economic and regeneration professional bodies, including the RTPI, have collaborated on a report that focuses on economic potential.

The Planner

Supermarket ‘could destroy Ballymena town centre’

Councillors have been warned that a go-ahead for revised proposals for an urban village on the edge of Ballymena could “destroy” the town centre because the scheme includes proposals for an out-of town-supermarket.

Belfast Telegraph

10,000 new homes exceeds target by 20 per cent - Storey

Some 10,066 social and affordable homes have been delivered in Northern Ireland over the past four years - 2,066 homes more than promised.

Northern Ireland Executive 

Casement Park: Mike Nesbitt seeks inquiry into minister Carál Ní Chuilín over safety claims

The Ulster Unionist leader has called for an inquiry into the sports minister and her knowledge of safety regarding the redevelopment of Casement Park, currently stalled following a successful legal challenge over planning approval for the project.

BBC News 

Top accolade for housing project

A regeneration project to transform one of North Belfast’s most volatile flashpoints - the Parkside development on the Limestone Road - has been crowned Northern Ireland’s building project of the year.

Belfast Telegraph

Danske Bank and Belfast Telegraph object to headquarters listing plans

Danske Bank and the Belfast Telegraph are objecting to plans to have their Belfast headquarters buildings listed.

BBC News

Land supply plea in drive for homes

A shortage of sites is the biggest barrier to resolving Northern Ireland's housing problems, it has been claimed.

Belfast Telegraph

Prince Charles's secret letters show plea to preserve historic Armagh Gaol

Prince Charles personally intervened in a bid to save Armagh Gaol, one of Northern Ireland's most important historical buildings.

Belfast Telegraph