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Northern Ireland round-up: Review of green energy and countryside development launched; Belfast not neglected in transport plans, infrastructure minister says

Words: Roger Milne

A round-up of planning news in Northern Ireland: 24 September - 30 September, 2016

Review of green energy and countryside development launched

Northern Ireland infrastructure minister Chris Hazzard has announced a review of planning policies on renewable energy and countryside development.

The Planner

UN Habitat III - A round-up

Habitat III, the third United Nations Conference on Housing and Sustainable Development, will take place in Quito, Ecuador, from October 17-20. Here's a selection of stories about the event and its themes.

The Planner

Sprucefield best spot for a John Lewis in Northern Ireland, insists MP

Retail planning policy and the vexed issue of locating a John Lewis store at Sprucefield is back in the news following publication of a report that claimed Belfast needed another high-end project.

Belfast Telegraph

Reclassification could have ‘major ramifications’ for NI

A move by the Office for National Statistics to reclassify housing associations in Northern Ireland, Scotland and Wales from independent social businesses to ‘public bodies’ will have major adverse budgetary implications, the NI Federation of Housing Associations has warned.


Belfast Bikes pick up national award

The Coca-Cola Zero Belfast Bikes scheme has pedalled its way to more success, by picking up its first national award.

Belfast City Council

McIlveen launches a new blueprint for management of Lough Neagh shoreline

Environment minister Michelle McIlveen has launched the Lough Neagh Shoreline Management Plan, which sets out how the government, landowners, farmers and other stakeholders can cooperate to protect and enhance the area.

Department of Agriculture, Environment and Rural Affairs

Infrastrata announces it is getting out of oil business

The company at the centre of a controversial Country Antrim drilling operation at Woodburn Forest near Carrickfergus has announced it is getting out of the oil business and would concentrate solely on gas storage.

BBC News

Belfast not neglected in transport plans, infrastructure minister says

A new focus on major road-building projects in the north and west of Northern Ireland will not see Belfast neglected, infrastructure minister Chris Hazzard has insisted.

Belfast Telegraph

Travel survey published

The Travel Survey for Northern Ireland (TSNI) in-depth report, containing statistics for 2013-2015, is now available.

Department for Infrastructure

Calls for Derry’s empty homes to brought back into use

Mark H Durkan has called for Derry’s 1,200 empty homes to be brought back into use.

Derry Now

Belfast Bikes leaves council facing huge £200k loss

The Belfast Bikes scheme is being run at a huge financial loss to the city council, according to media reports.

Belfast Telegraph

New 'green' hotel being built in County Antrim

A County Antrim solar power firm is building a 24-bedroom 'green' hotel that will be powered entirely by renewable energy, it has emerged.

Belfast Telegraph