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03/04/2020

Northern Ireland round-up: PACC events cancelled as chief planner moots extended planning permissions; Murphy outlines the Budget

Words: Roger Milne

A round-up of planning news in Northern Ireland: 28 March-3 April, 2020

PACC events cancelled as chief planner moots extended planning permissions

The Department for Infrastructure has announced its intention to remove the requirement for pre-application community consultation (PACC) events for the duration of the Covid-19 emergency.  

The Planner

CAP appoints Ian Tant as vice-president

Ian Tant has been appointed as vice-president of the Commonwealth Association of Planners (CAP). The immediate past president of the RTPI will serve in this role for two years.

The Planner

COP26 postponed due to Covid-19

The COP26 UN climate change crisis has been postponed until 2021 because of the coronavirus (Covid-19) outbreak.

The Planner

Budget announcements

Stormont finance minister Conor Murphy unveiled the Northern Ireland Executive’s budget for 2020-21 this week. It saw a real term increase for all departments averaging 8.1 per cent in cash terms and the provision of £1.6 billion in capital funding, of which £847 million is for ministers to allocate to high-priority projects yet to be announced.

Northern Ireland Executive

Newtonabbey homes approved

Connswater Homes has obtained permission from Antrim and Newtonabbey Borough Council to develop 49 new homes in Newtonabbey. 

Insider Media

Bike business booms

Bicycle retailers and repair shops across Northern Ireland have reported a surge in trade during the coronavirus outbreak, as commuters decided to travel by two wheels rather than risk infection on buses or trains. 

Belfast Telegraph

Carryduff pop-up shop

The Coleraine-based Lynas Foodservice group is opening pop-up grocery stores across Northern Ireland – the first example is an outlet on Carryduff’s Ballynahinch Road.

Belfast Telegraph

Rathcoole high-rise flats demolition plea

Antrim and Newtownabbey Borough Council has voted to urge communities minister Deirdre Hargey to intervene to save four high-rise blocks of flats in Rathcoole from demolition.

Belfast Telegraph

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