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Northern Ireland round-up: Planning performance dips following council handover; Portstewart promenade to get £1.5m facelift

Words: Roger Milne
Northern Ireland

A round-up of planning news in Northern Ireland: 14-20 November, 2015

Planning performance dips following council handover

Planning decision-making has slowed dramatically following the transfer of powers to councils, according to official statistics just published.

The Planner

Portstewart promenade to get £1.5m facelift

The seaside town of Portstewart is to be restored to its former glory with a £1.5 million scheme designed to transform the promenade into a modern scenic coastal path linking the town to its two-mile beach.

Belfast Telegraph

Belfast Royal Exchange: uncertainty over regeneration scheme

There is uncertainty this week about the future of a major £360 million regeneration scheme in Belfast after the Department for Social Development (DSD) announced it had ended a development agreement with Leaside Investments over the Royal Exchange project, which is intended to regenerate an area between Royal Avenue and the Cathedral Quarter with proposals including flats, a hotel, offices and 50,000 square metres of new retail floor space.

BBC News

Green light expected for huge Belfast city centre hotel at former Belfast Met building

Developer McAleer and Rushe’s proposals to turn the former Belfast Metropolitan College building on Brunswick Street into a 206-bedroom hotel has been given the green light.

Belfast Telegraph

Decision is deferred on landfill facility

A decision on proposals to store asbestos and treat other hazardous waste on Belfast's Black Mountain has been deferred by the city council’s planning committee.

Belfast Telegraph

Marble Arch Caves given Unesco global geopark designation

An area of spectacular landscape that includes the Marble Arch Caves in County Fermanagh has been recognised by Unesco, the United Nations Educational Scientific and Cultural Organisation.

BBC News