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Northern Ireland round-up: Planning responsibilities set to be redistributed as departments culled; McIlveen moves forward on Land Acquisition and Compensation Bill

Words: Roger Milne

A round-up of planning news in Northern Ireland: 30 January-5 February 2016

Planning responsibilities set to be redistributed as departments culled

Legislation cutting the number of Stormont departments from 12 to nine has cleared its final hurdle in the Northern Ireland Assembly.

The Planner

RTPI announces finalists for planning awards

More than 60 projects and people have been announced as finalists for the RTPI’s 2016 Awards for Planning Excellence.

The Planner

McIlveen moves forward on Land Acquisition and Compensation Bill

Regional development minister Michelle McIlveen has announced plans to introduce a fast-track Land Acquisition and Compensation Bill that would bring compensation levels for landowners in Northern Ireland affected by compulsory land purchase on a par with those in England and Wales.

Northern Ireland Executive

Historic village of Hillsborough bids to ban lorries

Heavy lorries are to be banned from the historic village of Hillsborough under proposals announced by regional development minister Michele McIlveen that would involve the introduction of a 7.5 tonne weight limit in the conservation area.

Belfast Telegraph

Belfast Bikes to be expanded to city’s hospitals

The popular Coca-Cola Zero Belfast Bikes public share scheme is to be extended to the city’s three main hospitals.

Belfast City Council

Call to open rail link to Belfast International Airport

The economic benefits of opening a railway line to Belfast International Airport has been a topic discussed by the Assembly.

Belfast Telegraph

Durkan re-appoints Historic Buildings Council

Environment minister Mark H Durkan has announced the re-appointment of five existing members of the Historic Buildings Council for a three-year term, effective from 1 March 2016.

Northern Ireland Executive

No threat to Derry’s drinking water from illegal dump - Durkan

Environment minister Mark H Durkan has insisted that there is no evidence of any adverse effect on the quality of Derry’s drinking water from the huge illegal dump at Mobuoy.

Northern Ireland Executive

George Best Belfast City Airport: Report recommends tough noise controls

A Planning Appeals Commission report has recommended tougher noise controls at George Best Belfast City Airport in exchange for the removal of a planning restriction that caps the number of seats it can sell each year on departing flights.

BBC News