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Northern Ireland round-up: PM warns that absent NI executive poses ‘issues’ for city deals; Springtown campus revamp announced

Words: Roger Milne

A round-up of planning news in Northern Ireland: 21 April-27 April, 2018

PM warns that absent NI executive poses ‘issues’ for city deals

The Prime Minister has pointed out that the absence of a Northern Ireland Executive is creating difficulties for the creation of city deals across Northern Ireland.

The Planner

RTPI launches interactive board game for students

The RTPI has launched an interactive role-play board game – called Place Makers – for students aged 14-18 to get them thinking about planning and inspire the next generation to join the profession.


Springtown campus revamp announced

North West Regional College has announced a £7 million revamp of its Springtown campus in Derry.

Belfast Telegraph

Environmental probe clears A6 project

An Environment Agency investigation into work associated with the A6 highways scheme at Toomebridge has concluded that no environment laws have been broken in respect of overwintering populations of protected whooper swans.

BBC News

Consultation on former Belfast Telegraph building revamp

The public have been invited to give their views on the planned £75 million redevelopment of the former Belfast Telegraph building, a joint venture between Belfast City Council and property developer McAleer & Rushe.

Belfast Telegraph

Belfast airport hotel approved

A new £5 million hotel proposed for a site near Belfast International Airport has been given the green light by Antrim and Newtownabbey Borough Council.

Belfast Telegraph

Employer bike scheme launched

A new employer cycle accreditation scheme has been set up in Belfast to alleviate traffic congestion and boost productivity.

Belfast Telegraph

Report questions rationale for controversial waste project near Belfast

Campaigners against a controversial waste incinerator scheme near Belfast have commissioned a report that they say questions the rationale for the £240 million development currently on ice waiting for a legal ruling after a court challenge.

BBC News

Capita fails to clarify planning business progress

Troubled outsourcing giant Capita refused to be drawn this week on how successful it has been in picking up work from planning authorities in the Province. A spokesperson confirmed that delivering services such as planning was key to its new strategy for local government and that the company had seen ‘an increase in demand for our service in Belfast, which continues to perform well’.