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Northern Ireland round-up: Durkan consults on new planning controls for churches; New way ahead for the regeneration of Belfast city centre

Words: Roger Milne

A round-up of planning news in Northern Ireland: 19 March-25 March, 2016

Durkan consults on new planning controls for churches

Environment minister Mark H Durkan has begun consulting on proposals to remove the exemption from listing controls that apply to all active listed places of worship in Northern Ireland.

The Planner

New way ahead for the regeneration of Belfast city centre

Social Development minister Lord Morrow has welcomed a joint working arrangement between his department and Belfast City Council over future regeneration and investment in the capital.

Northern Ireland Executive

Government ministers sign agreement to help preserve archaeological heritage

Two government ministers have signed an agreement to ensure that archaeological excavations are properly scheduled during the development of major road schemes.

Northern Ireland Executive

Two major development sites agreed for sale

Two major development sites in Northern Ireland are understood to have been agreed for sale to a London property fund. They are the Sirocco site in east Belfast and the Castlebawn project in Newtownards, County Down.

BBC News

46MW County Antrim solar project gets environment minister’s backing

Environment minister Mark H Durkan has announced that he is minded to approve Hadstone Energy’s 46 megawatt solar power project earmarked for a 79-hectare site near Antrim town. If built, it would be the country’s largest.

Solar Power Portal

Durkan: 9 new listed building for Lisburn

Nine more buildings in Lisburn have been listed, bringing the total of protected properties in the Lisburn & Castlereagh City Council area to 450.

Northern Ireland Executive

Urban development grant scheme reopens

The Urban Development Grant scheme, which provides support to developers to help bring vacant, derelict or underused land and buildings back into use, has been reopened by social development minister Lord Morrow.

Northern Ireland Executive