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05/03/2015

Northern Ireland round-up: Housing boost for Derry, new executive departments

Words: Roger Milne

A round-up of planning news in Northern Ireland: 27 February-6 March, 2015

Housing boost for Derry as plans for 1,500 dwellings gets go-ahead

Environment minister Mark H Durkan has approved planning permission for about 1,500 new homes at seven separate sites at the city of Derry, backed by the local authority.

The Planner

Robinson announces nine new executive departments

First minister Peter Robinson has revealed that the planning function, currently with the Department of the Environment, will move to the new Department of Infrastructure as part of a government reorganisation planned to take effect next year. The current 12 departments will be cut to nine.

BBC News 

Foster: Licence award major milestone in Gas to the West investment

A project to connect around 40,000 homes and businesses to the gas network has been formally launched in Enniskillen. The Gas to the West scheme will cost around £250 million including a grant of up to £32 million from the NI Executive and will be built and operated by Mutual Energy and Scotia Gas Networks. Strabane will be the first town connected by late 2016. A pipeline running from Portadown will be the second phase of the project, linking Magherafelt, Cookstown, Coalisland, Dungannon, Omagh and Enniskillen.

Northern Ireland Executive

Not on our watch - councillors oppose delisting Kelly’s Cellars

Belfast City councilors have vowed to fight the Department of Environment over plans to remove protective listed status from a historic pub.

Belfast Telegraph

Stormont calls for urgent probe into wind turbine noise

A Stormont committee has called for an urgent review of limits on noise levels from wind turbines.

Belfast Telegraph

Belfast student accommodation to be completed by 2016

Planning permission has been granted for 413-bedroom student accommodation in an iconic Belfast city centre building.

BBC News

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