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Northern Ireland round-up: New 800-home neighbourhood proposed for Derry; Council approves new ‘town centre’ for west Belfast

Words: Roger Milne

A round-up of planning news in Northern Ireland: 14 May-20 May, 2016

New 800-home neighbourhood proposed for Londonderry

A developer has unveiled proposals to build hundreds of new homes in Londonderry in what would be the city's biggest residential scheme in over a decade.

The Planner

Queen’s Speech 2016: Neighbourhood Planning and Infrastructure Bill announced

A bill aimed at speeding up the planning process and minimising delays has been announced in the 2016 Queen’s Speech

The Planner

Council approves new ‘town centre’ for west Belfast

Belfast City Council has approved the masterplan for a new town centre in the Collin area of Northern Ireland’s capital.

Belfast City Council

Planning statistics revealed

Matt Garrett, outgoing chair of Belfast City Council’s planning committee, has revealed that over the past 15 months the planning department had received 1,945 planning applications, and issued more than 1,700 decisions.

Belfast City Council 

Infrastructure department issues development management practice note

The new Department for Infrastructure has issued Development Management Practice Note 3: Meaning of Development and the Requirement for Planning Permission. This is designed to guide planning officers and relevant users through the legal provisions of what constitutes development and the requirements for planning permission.

Planning Portal

Belfast signs Sister City Agreement with Shenyang to collaborate in number of areas

A delegation from Belfast, led by the Lord Mayor, is in Beijing and Shenyang, China, this week to explore areas of collaboration between the cities in urban development and smart city working, among other issues.

Belfast City Council

Council issues planning permission for city centre boutique hotel

Proposals for a 24-bed boutique hotel in Londonderry city centre have been given the go-ahead by Derry City and Strabane District Council. The scheme will involve the refurbishment of listed buildings at Foyle Street and Shipquay Place.

Derry City and Strabane District Council