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Northern Ireland round-up: Planning system could be reviewed; Capital climate action plan set out

Words: Roger Milne

A round-up of planning news in Northern Ireland: 23 November-29 November, 2019

Planning system could be reviewed

The Northern Ireland Audit Office is gearing up to review the planning system at both local and central government level, according to the latest update from the country's chief planner Angus Kerr.

The Planner

RTPI: Planners ‘crucial’ to building council homes

Planners’ skills such as plan-making and facilitating public engagement have a key role to play as local authorities look to build more housing.

The Planner

News report: Is UK planning leaving children behind?

A newly published RTPI report finds that the UK’s planning systems make little accommodation for children and young people. Jack Osgerby and Simon Wicks report.

The Planner

Capital climate action

Belfast City Council has agreed to develop a climate plan for the local authority over the next 18 months, setting out a comprehensive mitigation strategy plus a future date for decarbonisation.

Belfast City Council

Belfast lined up for new breed of hotels?

Room2, the company behind the UK’s first so-called hometels – accommodation designed to combine the best elements from Airbnb, boutique hotels and serviced apartments – has confirmed that talks have begun over two potential sites in the capital.

Belfast Telegraph

County Down distillery project

Northern Ireland businessman Terry Cross is planning to create 40 jobs with the development of the Hinch Distillery, a 2,787 square-metre facility near Ballynahinch in County Down.

Insider Media

Taller Belfast office block

A company owned by McAleer and Rushe chairman Seamus McAleer has been given planning approval for an extensive refurbishment of the exterior of its office tower in Belfast’s Great Victoria Street as well as the addition of two floors.

Irish News

Portrush development to be scaled down

A company that wants to build 21 new homes beside the for-sale Barry's amusement park in Portrush has been told to scale down its plans by removing the three flats that would be the closest housing to the attraction.

Belfast Telegraph