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Northern Ireland round-up: Planning reform can deliver well-being; Bradley promises action on departmental planning powers

Words: Roger Milne

A round-up of planning news in Northern Ireland: 8 September-14 September, 2018

Planning reform can deliver well-being in Northern Ireland

Planning reform provides a platform to tackle poverty and promote well-being, according to Northern Ireland’s new permanent secretary at the Department for Infrastructure.

The Planner

NI secretary promises action on departmental planning powers

Karen Bradley has confirmed that the UK Government will table legislation soon to allow civil servants to determine key projects, including infrastructure schemes.

The Planner

Capital hotel boom

The total number of hotel rooms in the centre of Belfast is set to soar by the end of 2018, according to a new report by property consultancy Lambert Smith Hampton.

Insider Media

Belfast courtroom conversion approved

Developers have been granted both planning permission and listed building consent to transform Belfast’s former Crumlin Road Courthouse into a new hotel.

Belfast Telegraph

Derry Greenway funding

Kilfennan Valley Park Greenway is to be upgraded to include the installation of new pathways, lighting, crossing points and seating as part of an £549,000 investment in the Waterside area of Derry.

Northern Ireland Executive

Belfast student bedroom scheme

Havelock House, the former south Belfast home on Ormeau Road of broadcaster UTV, is set to become student housing after it was snapped up by a UK developer.

Belfast Telegraph

Derry jobs boost

A Texas-based IT firm has announced proposals to create more than 250 new jobs as it establishes a European centre of excellence in Derry that will provide software implementation and technology consultancy to the UK and European insurance sector.

Irish Independent

County Tyrone gold mine waste plan

Dalradian Gold Ltd, the company proposing a new County Tyrone gold mine, has published and is consulting on a waste management plan for the project

Northern Ireland Executive

Newry city centre revamp

More than £20 million is being invested by the public and private sectors in Newry city centre which will see the development of a financial technology hub, a theatre, a civic centre, a park and new housing.

BBC News