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Northern Ireland round-up: New planning IT system delayed until end of summer 2022; Government green blueprint slammed by environment groups

Words: Roger Milne

A round-up planning news in Northern Ireland: 15 January-21 January, 2022

New planning IT system delayed until end of summer 2022

The new regional planning IT system has hit more glitches and won’t be up and running until the end of the summer, the Department for Infrastructure confirmed to The Planner this week.

The Planner

Timothy Crawshaw inaugurated as RTPI president

Timothy Crawshaw MRTPI has taken over the role as president of the RTPI from Dr Wei Yang.

The Planner

RTPI launches site to raise awareness of planning among public

A 'Planning Your World' website has been launched by the RTPI to raise awareness of the planning professions within the general public.

The Planner

Government green blueprint slammed by environment groups

Northern Ireland Executive’s latest environmental strategy is unambitious and won’t adequately address the climate crisis, warns a group of green organisations and activists.

Irish News

Capital mixed-use scheme panned

Proposals for a mixed-use office and flats development on the site of the grade B1 listed former St Malachy’s School and an adjacent warehouse in the Market area of central Belfast have been refused by the city council.

Irish News

Broadband boost

Project Stratum, the broadband scheme that is targeting predominantly rural homes and businesses, has been boosted with additional funding, which means that the initiative will reach another 8,500 customers, including 2,500 hard-to-reach premises.

Northern Ireland Executive

Capital affordable homes approved (pdf)

Belfast City Council has backed a development of 12 social housing units on a site off Alloa Street and Manor Street proposed by Turley on behalf of Clanmil Developments Ltd.

Belfast City Council

International walking trail improvements

Improvements have been unveiled for a walking trail that links Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland with the world-famous Appalachian Mountains in the US in a bid to attract more international visitors.

Causeway Coast & Glens Borough Council

Portadown and Armagh rail line study

Armagh City, Banbridge and Craigavon Borough Council has confirmed that consultancy AECOM has been appointed to carry out a technical study on the proposed Portadown to Armagh City railway line.

Belfast Live

Belfast linen warehouse makeover

The Ewart Building on Belfast’s Bedford Street, a former linen warehouse in the heart of the capital, has undergone a transformative restoration as it prepares to reopen as part of a new city centre commercial project from developer McAleer & Rushe offering around 19,800 square metres of grade A office floor space.

Belfast Live

Fermanagh and Omagh LDP hearing goes live

The independent public examination of the Fermanagh and Omagh Local Development Plan draft strategy began this week with hearing sessions live-streamed on YouTube.

Planning Appeals Commission

Capital urban innovation blueprint consultation

Belfast City Council has started consulting on its draft urban innovation strategy for 2022-2027.

Belfast City Council

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