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18/03/2016

Northern Ireland round-up: Ground-breaking healthcare project mooted for Belfast landmark; Durkan launches proposals for a Historic Environment Fund

Words: Roger Milne

A round-up of planning news in Northern Ireland: 12 March-18 March, 2016

Groundbreaking healthcare project mooted for Belfast landmark

King’s Hall, one of Belfast’s best-known landmarks, could become Northern Ireland’s first fully integrated health and social care hub as part of a £100 million scheme to revitalise the site in the south of the city.

The Planner

President praises young Northern Ireland planning talent

A visit to meet the next generation of planners in Northern Ireland was the first engagement for the newly elected President of the Royal Town Planning Institute (RTPI), Phil Williams, as he called into Queens University Belfast to talk to students studying planning.

RTPI

Durkan launches proposals for an Historic Environment Fund

Environment minister Mark H Durkan has launched a public consultation on a new Historic Environment Fund.

Northern Ireland Executive

Planning permission granted for further hotel developments in Belfast

Belfast City Council has granted permission for more hotel and student accommodation schemes in the city.

Belfast City Council

Morrow warns public housing facing decline unless £8bn is invested by 2046

Faced with future costs of more than £8 billion, the Housing Executive is in danger of “long-term decline”, warns a Stormont minister.

Belfast Telegraph

Osborne confirms extension of Coleraine enterprise zone

In his Budget speech on Wednesday, chancellor George Osborne confirmed that enhanced capital allowances will be extended to the enterprise zone planned for Coleraine.

UK Government

Durkan to invite views on permitted development rights for mineral exploration

Environment minister Mark H Durkan has formally started consulting on permitted development rights for mineral exploration.

Northern Ireland Executive

£130m Belfast traffic scheme out to tender

A construction contract for a scheme to improve the traffic flow in Belfast has been put out to tender. The £130 million York Street Interchange scheme would create an underpass and a new bridge to ease congestion where the Westlink, M2 and M3 meet.

BBC News
 

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