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Northern Ireland round-up: Major student housing projects get the go-ahead in Belfast; Patton re-appointed as Historic Buildings Council chair

Words: Roger Milne

A round-up of planning news in Northern Ireland: 16 January-22 January, 2016

Major student housing projects get the go-ahead in Belfast

Almost 1,200 student rooms have been given the green light in Belfast, while three other schemes have been refused.

The Planner

Phil Williams becomes RTPI president

Phil Williams has been inaugurated as president of the RTPI at a ceremony held in London.

The Planner

Two more Belfast hotel developments approved

Belfast City Council has granted planning permission for the development of two more hotels in the city centre. This brings to six the number of such applications to be approved by the council in the past nine months.

Belfast City Council

Hightown waste incinerator: Planning permission decision to be reviewed

The decision to refuse planning permission for a controversial waste incinerator on the outskirts of Belfast is to be reviewed by the Planning Appeals Commission.

BBC News

Patton re-appointed as Historic Buildings Council chair

Environment minister Mark H Durkan has announced the re-appointment of Marcus Patton for a second term as chair of the Historic Buildings Council (HBC), which advises the government on issues related to the preservation of buildings of special architectural or historic interest, including listing. A recruitment drive is under way to find new members for the HBC and the Historic Monuments Council.

Northern Ireland Executive

Fears music venue is under threat from development plans

Live music venue Mandela Hall could be demolished, fear campaigners, after Queen's University Belfast announced plans to build a new students' centre.

Belfast Telegraph

Work to start on new Belfast Bicycle routes

Transport minister Michelle McIlveen has announced the start of construction of three new cycle routes that will link existing cycle tracks from the west and south of the city to the city centre.

Northern Ireland Executive