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Northern Ireland round-up: Northern Irish councils’ performance on major applications plummets; Portrush regeneration completed

Words: Roger Milne

A round-up of planning news in Northern Ireland: 22 June-28 June, 2019

Northern Irish councils’ performance on major applications plummets

Councils in Northern Ireland are struggling to handle large planning applications, which are routinely taking nearly twice as long as the statutory 30-week target, according to the latest official figures collated by the Department for Infrastructure.

The Planner

Portrush regeneration completed

Ahead of the 148th Open in Portrush a series of improvements to the town centre have been completed as part of a £17 million regeneration programme led by and funded by the Department for Communities, which involved public realm projects and included a new £5.6 million train station.

Northern Ireland Executive

Affordable housing definition review

The Department for Communities has launched a public consultation on proposed changes to the definition of affordable housing.

Northern Ireland Executive

Burnt-out Belfast street makes a comeback?

Belfast’s North Street Arcade, derelict since a fire in 2004, is set to return as part of the £500 million redevelopment of the city’s Cathedral Quarter, amended proposals for which are now out for public consultation.

Belfast Telegraph

Lidl locates near capital’s airport

German discount retailer Lidl has announced plans to open a new £2.6 million store at the Holywood Exchange retail park near Belfast City Airport.

Belfast Telegraph

Latest Derry development move

A group of four buildings at Derry’s Ebrington Square development including the grade B2 listed two-storey Old Guard House that had been proposed for a now-aborted distillery scheme are back on the market.

Belfast Telegraph