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Northern Ireland round-up: Mallon calls for light-touch delivery planning regime; Major planning application handling times still way off target

Words: Roger Milne

A round-up of planning news in Northern Ireland: 14 March-20 March, 2020

Mallon calls for light-touch delivery planning regime

Infrastructure and planning minister Nichola Mallon has written to local councils making it clear they should temporarily hold back on any planning enforcement action that could result in restrictions on deliveries of food, sanitary and other essential products, including medicines.  

The Planner

Planners ready to support communities and businesses amid coronavirus outbreak

RTPI president Sue Manns has urged planners to remain calm and to continue to follow government advice as the UK works to bring the spread of coronavirus (Covid-19) under control.

The Planner

Major planning application handling times still way off target

Although latest official figures show that average handling times for local planning applications has improved by a week over the first nine months of this year, average processing times for major applications – though slightly improved – remain considerably higher than the 30-week target. 

Northern Ireland Executive

Lisburn dog track development

Proposals have been submitted to build eight industrial units on the site of the former south stand at Lisburn’s Drumbo Park dog track.

Belfast Telegraph

Portrush holiday park panned

Planners from Causeway Coast and Glens Borough Council have recommended refusal for a holiday park proposed by developer Clyde Shanks for a site in Portrush on the coastline between Portstewart and Bushmills.

Insider Media

Newry park design moves

Newry, Mourne and Down District Council is consulting on the design of the proposed six-hectare Albert Basin Park, earmarked for Newry.

Newry, Mourne and District Council 

Mid Ulster LDP re-run 

Due to a procedural error, Mid Ulster District Council has been forced into another round of consultation on its draft local development plan.

Mid Ulster District Council 

Mid-south-west growth deal funding boost welcomed

Councils in the mid-south west of the province have welcomed the UK Government’s pledge of £126 million for a growth deal in the area, announced as part of last week’s budget.

Fermanagh & Omagh District Council

Newtownabbey housing scheme approved

Antrim and Newtownabbey Borough Council has approved Mainline Contracts’ proposals for a development of 63 homes tailored to the needs of the elderly and the disabled on the site of a former children’s home in Newtownabbey.

Insider Media

Thumbs-up for County Down residential development

Developer KAP Properties has secured the go-ahead from Newry, Mourne and Down District Council for 47 new homes in the village of Killough, County Down.

Insider Media

Wind power record

Transmission system operator SONI has revealed that some 54 per cent of electricity generated in Northern Ireland in February came from wind – a new monthly record. 

Belfast Telegraph