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25/11/2016

Northern Ireland round-up: NI minister decides against devolving regeneration powers; Outrage over green light for mega Newtownabbey pig farm

Words: Roger Milne

A round-up of planning news in Northern Ireland: 19 November-25 November, 2016

NI minister decides against devolving regeneration powers

Northern Ireland’s communities minister Paul Givan has disappointed local planning authorities by announcing that regeneration powers, due to be transferred to the new councils, will now remain with the devolved administration and will continue to be exercised by the Department for Communities.

The Planner

Autumn Statement: £2.3bn for Housing Infrastructure Fund 

Chancellor Philip Hammond has announced a new National Productivity Investment Fund that will see £2.3 billion invested into housing infrastructure in the 2016 Autumn Statement.

The Planner

Autumn Statement: City deals promised for Scottish and Welsh cities 

Chancellor Philip Hammond has announced a number of deals for cities in Scotland and Wales, as well as more funding for Local Enterprise Partnerships in his 2016 Autumn Statement.

The Planner

Autumn Statement: Industry reacts to city deals and regional support

Industry bodies and politicians have reacted positively to Autumn Statement commitments to cities and regions, but hinted that they would like to see more to come.

The Planner

Outrage over green light for mega Newtownabbey pig farm

A planning application for a massive pig farm in Newtownabbey that will house 15,000 animals has been approved – despite protests from local residents.

Belfast Telegraph

Lough Foyle: Anglo-Irish talks continue to address territorial dispute

The vexed and politically sensitive issue of territorial rights affecting Lough Foyle has been raised in the House of Commons drawing a response from Northern Ireland Secretary James Brokenshire that “the whole of Lough Foyle is within the UK", a claim which is disputed by the Republic of Ireland.

BBC News

McIlveen welcomes report on Northern Ireland air quality

The Department of Agriculture, Environment and Rural Affairs has published the annual air quality monitoring summary report for 2015. Results suggest that the air quality objectives for most key air quality pollutants were met in full.

Department of Agriculture, Environment and Rural Affairs

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