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Northern Ireland round-up: More planning offices open for business, campus expansion would boost city

Words: Roger Milne

A round-up of planning news in Northern Ireland: 21 February-27 February, 2015

More dedicated planning offices to open

The province’s planning landscape came into sharper relief this week as two dedicated planning offices for the newly minted Fermanagh and Omagh District Council opened for business.

The Planner

Campus expansion 'would boost city'

Expanding Ulster University's Magee campus at Derry would be a 'game-changer' for the city, the Northern Ireland Assembly has heard.

Belfast Telegraph

'Heads should roll' for rail fiasco

Heads should roll over the handling of a railway project that has run £20 million over budget, the Assembly has been told.

Belfast Telegraph

EU fines over failure to clean up illegal dump could leave us bankrupt, say campaigners

Northern Ireland could be left bankrupt by huge fines from Europe if a massive illegal landfill site in County Londonderry is not cleaned up properly, warn Friends of the Earth.

Belfast Telegraph

Kelly's Cellars among Belfast buildings that could be delisted

One of Belfast's most historic pubs is among 17 buildings in the city that could lose their listed status.

BBC News

Minister welcomes restoration of Ulster Canal

Leisure minister Carál Ní Chuilín has welcomed news that the 2.5 kilometre stretch of the Ulster Canal between Upper Lough Erne and the International Scout Centre at Castle Saunderson (on the Cavan-Fermanagh border) is to be redeveloped.

Northern Ireland Executive

Stormont Executive agrees on the names of nine new departments

A reorganisation of government departments agreed at Stormont will see the number cut from 12 to 9, including the abolition of the Department of the Environment and the creation of a Department for Communities and, separately, a Department for Infrastructure.

Belfast Telegraph

Latest Environmental Indicators released

The number of housing completions during the 2012/13 monitoring period has increased by over one quarter (28 per cent)) to 3,043 compared with 2,372 for the previous year, the latest set of environmental statistics has highlighted.

Northern Ireland Executive