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29/04/2016

Northern Ireland round-up: North Belfast regeneration project hits the buffers; Ulster Bank backing major development plan

Words: Roger Milne

A round-up of planning news in Northern Ireland: 23 April-29 April, 2016

North Belfast regeneration project hits the buffers

An ambitious £300 million plan to redevelop north Belfast appears to be dead in the water now that Stormont is no longer supporting the mixed-use scheme proposed by Northside Regeneration Ltd.

The Planner

RTPI publishes ethics guidance

The RTPI has for the first time published guidance on professional ethics, which reiterates the need for planners to “act fearlessly and impartially in their professional judgement”.

The Planner

Northern Ireland’s largest solar farm gets green light

A proposal for Northern Ireland’s biggest solar farm has secured planning permission.

The Planner

SDLP commits to shared housing

The Social Democratic and Labour Party is resolved to combat the segregation of communities in Northern Ireland by establishing a shared housing task force to promote greater diversity in housing.

The Planner

Sinn Féin pledges £6bn for infrastructure improvements

Sinn Féin commits to spending £6 billion to improve infrastructure and vows to build 10,000 new homes in its manifesto.

The Planner

Ulster Unionist Party pledges faster turnaround for ‘economically significant’ projects

The Ulster Unionist Party has pledged to introduce greater targets on turnaround times for planning applications considered ‘economically significant’ in its election manifesto.

The Planner

DUP focuses on creating stronger communities

In its 2016 manifesto, the Democratic Unionist Party has committed to delivering 8,000 social and affordable housing units by 2020 and establishing funds aimed at tackling energy efficiency, renewables, telecommunications networks and urban regeneration in Northern Ireland.

The Planner

Ulster Bank backing major development plan

Ulster Bank is providing £7 million in support to a local housing association for a major programme that will deliver up to 300 new social homes across Northern Ireland over the next three years.

24dash.com

Latest Northern Ireland Housing Bulletin published

The latest quarterly Northern Ireland Housing Bulletin, just published, shows that in the last three months of 2015 the total number of new dwelling starts was 1,346 - an increase of 12 per cent on the same quarter in 2014.

Northern Ireland Executive

Innovation Factory to open for business this autumn

A new state-of-the-art business centre offering 3,300 square metres of Grade A office floor space across 111 business units in Belfast is on course to be opened in October.

Belfast City Council

Strabane gives thumbs up to BID

Strabane firms have voted in favour of a Business Improvement District where local businesses raise funds to improve the town centre and its environment.

Derry City and Strabane District Council

Officials promise extensive Casement Park stadium consultation

Preliminary public consultation on revised proposals for an enlarged Casement Park stadium have started.

Belfast Telegraph

Belfast Bikes celebrate first birthday

The Coca Cola Zero Belfast Bikes project celebrated its first birthday this week with the news that more than 191,000 journeys were undertaken by the scheme’s almost 6,000 annual and casual users.

Belfast City Council

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