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Northern Ireland round-up: Flood risk guidance, Belfast waterfront extension

Words: Roger Milne

A round-up of planning news in Northern Ireland: 20-26 September, 2014

New flood risk planning guidance published

Environment minister Mark H Durkan has issued new planning guidance on dealing with flood risks. This new policy, set out in a revised version of Planning Policy Statement 15, will prevent development close to reservoirs unless developers provide assurances about reservoir safety. 

The Planner

Environment minister announces publication of 'living places'

Environment minister Mark H Durkan has announced the publication of what is claimed to be the UK’s first urban stewardship and design guide.

Northern Ireland Executive

Kennedy secures EU funding for Belfast Transport Hub study

Transport minister Danny Kennedy has secured £2.8million of European funding to help progress the proposed Transport Hub in Belfast. The funding will be used for a technical development study for the hub, planned for the nine hectares site of the existing Great Victoria Street train and bus station in Belfast.

Northern Ireland Executive

Minister Storey launches completed Greater Ballysillan masterplan

Social development minister Meryvn Storey has launched the publication of a masterplan for the Greater Ballysillan area of North Belfast.

Northern Ireland Executive 

Trust blasts plans to erect fencing along Derry’s Walls

Plans to erect fencing along Derry's Walls — obliterating the last viewing point of the 17th century St Columb's Cathedral — has enraged heritage activists charged with protecting the 400-year-old monument. Derry is the only remaining completely walled city in Ireland.

Belfast Telegraph 

Multi-million pound Belfast waterfront extension a boost for conference trade - Durkan

Environment minister Mark H Durkan has announced planning approval for a £29.5million extension to Belfast Waterfront proposed by the city council which will provide new conference and exhibition facilities.

Northern Ireland Executive 

One house sure to float your boat: Grand Designs films at Maghera home made of shipping containers

A Northern Ireland house made from four shipping containers was featured on Channel 4's building programme Grand Designs this week.

Belfast Telegraph 

Peter Robinson reshuffles DUP Stormont team

Nelson McCausland has been replaced by Mervyn Storey, who is the new social development minister at Stormont.

BBC News 

First quarter increase in planning applications

DOE Planning received 3,378 planning applications in the first quarter of 2014/15, a 13 per cent increase in the number received in the same quarter in 2013/14 (2,997). During the second quarter of this year the latest development management statistics showed the first quarter-on-quarter increase in planning applications received since Q3 in 2009/10. Some of the increase is attributed to improving economic conditions but the surge may also reflect  the increase in planning fees which came into force at the end of May.

Northern Ireland Executive