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Northern Ireland round-up: Planning revolution kicks in for the Province, facelifts for derelict sites

Words: Roger Milne

A round-up of planning news in Northern Ireland: 28 March-3 April, 2015

Planning revolution kicks in for the Province

Wednesday was D-day for the Province’s newly minted planning regime - the day the new-look 11 local authorities assumed responsibility for processing local and major planning applications and dealing with enforcement cases.

The Planner

Facelift planned for derelict sites

Derelict sites and empty shops are to be given a major facelift ahead of the Irish Open golf tournament to be held at Royal County Down golf course, says the environment minister.

Belfast Telegraph

Overhead lines ‘most appropriate’ for north-south interconnector, EirGrid says

Campaigners have reacted angrily after the Republic of Ireland’s power-grid operator said overhead lines are the most appropriate solution for a cross-border interconnector. Objectors want the cabling - which would run between County Meath and County Tyrone - to run underground.

BBC News

Belfast the worst city for traffic jams in UK, says survey

Belfast is the most congested city in the UK - and traffic jams are getting worse, according to a survey undertaken by traffic information company Tom Tom.

Belfast Telegraph

RTPI Awards for Planning Excellence 2015 shortlist announced

The Royal Town Planning Institute (RTPI) has announced the shortlist for its Awards for Planning Excellence 2015.

The Planner