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Northern Ireland round-up: First NI enterprise zone launched; New historic environment guidance

Words: Roger Milne

A round-up of planning news in Northern Ireland: 17 June-23 June, 2017

Planning more ‘vital’ than ever, says RTPI president

RTPI president Stephen Wilkinson has insisted that in these uncertain times, planning is more 'vital' than ever, and that planners are the 'catalysts for change'.

The Planner

First NI enterprise zone launched

Northern Ireland's first enterprise zone, Atlantic Link Campus, has been launched near Ulster University’s Coleraine campus.

The Planner

RTPI elections open for nominations

Nominations for a number of RTPI board places, including for the 2019 president, are now open.

The Planner

Queen’s Speech: HS2 phase 2A bill announced

A bill to enable the next phase of High Speed 2 (HS2), between Birmingham and Crewe, has been announced in the Queen’s Speech.

The Planner

Complete the RTPI membership survey

RTPI members are being encouraged to take part in the Institute's all member survey.


DUP ‘demand £2bn investment in Northern Ireland’ for Tory deal

The Democratic Unionist Party is believed to be demanding £2 billion as its price for propping up Theresa May in power after indicating that it wanted £1 billion pumped into the health service in Northern Ireland and a similar figure for infrastructure projects as part of city deals.

Irish Independent

New historic environment guidance

The Department for Communities has published a good practice guide to assist councils achieve a consistent approach when identifying and protecting non-designated historic buildings of local importance. Guidance relating to urgent works and building preservation notices has also been revised.

Planning Portal NI

City Quays car park ‘to get planning green light’

A major 907-vehicle car park, which will become part of the City Quays development at Belfast Harbour, is due to be given the green light by the Department for Infrastructure.

Belfast Telegraph

Power company plan to conserve wildlife

Northern Ireland’s biggest power company has published a plan to improve the habitat for wildlife on its sites.

BBC News

NIEA discovers rare butterfly  

A tiny rare butterfly, thought to have died out 16 years ago, has been found in County Fermanagh during survey work by the NI Environment Agency.

Department of Agriculture, Environment and Rural Affairs

Hotels and houses top planning agenda

Belfast City Council’s planning committee has given the green light to nearly 160 new homes as well as almost 70 additional hotel rooms.

Belfast City Council

Council urged to soften stance on planned new coach route

A council which opposed proposals for a bus company’s new route from Belfast to Londonderry has been urged to reconsider its decision.

Belfast Telegraph

Development scheme for Queen’s Parade will draw people back to Bangor

The consortium selected as the preferred developer for the £75 million regeneration of Bangor’s Queen’s Parade has unveiled its proposals that include a four-star hotel, a family entertainment centre, a three-auditorium cinema and a winter garden. 

Ards and North Down Borough Council

Gaelectric to open two new wind farms

Renewable energy company Gaelectric was due to open two new wind farms in County Tyrone this week to generate over 27 megawatts of electricity, enough to power 17,500 homes annually.

Belfast Telegraph