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Northern Ireland round-up: Royal Exchange objectors vow to fight on as first phase of Belfast redevelopment is approved; Latest planning performance figures

Words: Roger Milne

A round-up of planning news in Northern Ireland: 17 March-23 March, 2018

Royal Exchange objectors vow to fight on as first phase of Belfast redevelopment is approved

Campaigners objecting to a major redevelopment scheme in Belfast have pledged to battle on after the city council approved the first phase of the major regeneration project for the area known as the Royal Exchange, subject to conditions and a planning agreement.

The Planner

RTPI receives government funding for bursary scheme

The RTPI’s flagship postgraduate student bursary scheme has received £345,000 in funding from the Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government.

The Planner

UK offshore wind industry reveals 2030 plans

The UK offshore wind industry has said it will work with the UK Government on a transformative sector deal that could deliver thousands of additional skilled jobs in coastal areas and export opportunities by 2030.

The Planner

Latest planning performance figures published

Latest quarterly planning statistics published by the Department for Infrastructure show that the average processing time for major applications during the first nine months of 2017/18 was just over 50 weeks across all councils; an improvement of nearly 20 weeks from the 70 weeks reported for the first nine months of 2016/17 but still some 20 weeks longer than the statutory processing time target of 30 weeks.

Department for Infrastructure

Belfast hotel scheme moots group rooms

Developer Signature Living Group has unveiled proposals for a new hotel in Belfast’s former War Memorial Building, which would include group rooms sleeping up to 16 people.

Belfast Telegraph

Heathrow logistic hubs longlisted

Six sites in Northern Ireland have been longlisted as potential regional logistic hubs for the off-site construction of Heathrow Airport's third runway.

Belfast Telegraph

Poor showing for NI growth prospects

Business and management consultancy PwC’s latest economic outlook for the UK, published this week, said Northern Ireland's growth in 2018 is likely to be the joint-lowest with Scotland at 1 per cent.


Newry motorway services project

Forecourt company Maxol Oil has applied to Newry and Mourne Council for permission to build a motorway-style service area on the Armagh Road outside Newry, County Down.

Belfast Telegraph

Belfast not ranked a beautiful city

Belfast is one of the least attractive cities in the UK to live and work in, according to a new study of a dozen UK conurbations commissioned by Royal Mail.

Belfast Telegraph

Derry housing boost

Derry City and Strabane District Council has given the go-ahead for a number of residential schemes, including a flats complex in Derry’s John Street, 50 social housing units in the city’s Caws area and 14 new homes in Sion Mills.

Derry City and Strabane District Council

BBC opts for £77m HQ upgrade

The BBC has announced that it will spend £77 million on an upgrade to its Belfast headquarters in Ormeau Avenue.

Belfast Telegraph