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Northern Ireland round-up: Latest Covid-19 planning update highlights flexible committees and greater delegation; £700m funding commitment for Northern Ireland infrastructure

Words: Roger Milne

A round-up of planning news in Northern Ireland: 2 May-8 May, 2020

Latest NI Covid-19 planning update highlights flexible committees and greater delegation

Northern Ireland’s chief planner Angus Kerr’s latest update (no 6) highlights that new regulations on local authority committee meetings are now in force. 

The Planner 

£700m funding commitment for Northern Ireland infrastructure

A £700 million investment package settled on this week by the Northern Ireland Executive will target infrastructure, regeneration and tourism projects across the province.

The Planner

Covid-19: CCC says adapting to climate crisis is ‘integral’ to UK recovery

The Committee on Climate Change (CCC) has set out six principles that the leaders of the UK should follow to rebuild the nation after the coronavirus (Covid-19) pandemic.

The Planner

PAC office reopens next week

The offices of the Planning Appeals Commission in Park House, Belfast, will reopen on 11 May – but only during the morning for the immediate future. All arrangements for hearings are currently suspended. The PAC has published a guidance note on how it will progress with casework during the Covid-19 outbreak.

Planning Appeals Commission

Green light for major Belfast office scheme

The city council has approved proposals for the £60 million transformation of a central Belfast site currently occupied by the Norwich Union House building. The plans show a mixed-use office development providing some 22,575 square metres of grade A city centre office space with ground-floor retail uses.

Insider Media

Capital car park housing

The city council has given the go-ahead for the development of almost 50 flats in a seven-storey building at a Belfast city centre car park in College Square North.

Insider Media

BBC pauses Broadcasting House plans

The BBC has confirmed that it has "paused” plans to redevelop and extend Broadcasting House in Belfast. The £77 million project was given planning consent earlier this year.

BBC News

York Street interchange review backed

Sinn Féin and SDLP politicians have backed a review of the high-profile, multimillion-pound York Street Interchange road project in the light of the potential reduction in commuter traffic in the wake of the Covid-19 crisis.

BBC News

Hydrogen bus project moves up a gear

Scottish firm Logan Energy has been selected to transport hydrogen gas produced at a wind farm project in County Antrim to Belfast’s Translink bus depot to power a new fleet of double-decker fuel-cell buses.

Belfast Telegraph

Kilroot power station conversion

The immediate future of Kilroot power station has been guaranteed now that its Czech owner has decided to convert the County Antrim plant from coal burning to using gas after it was awarded a contract in the latest All-Ireland energy market auction. The station was facing closure within three years as its technology did not meet the latest environmental standards.

BBC News