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Northern Ireland round-up: Second bite for Belfast student scheme; Planning statistics for the second quarter published

Words: Roger Milne

A round-up of planning news in Northern Ireland: 15 December-21 December, 2018

Second bite for Belfast student scheme

A Scottish developer refused permission for a major student accommodation project on Belfast’s Golden Mile has returned with a revised proposal.

The Planner

RTPI seeks views on its future

The RTPI is calling on interested parties to help shape its future and the planning profession. Its corporate strategy will cover a 10-year period from 2020. 

The Planner

Young planners to shadow chief planners in new scheme

The RTPI is working with local planning authorities to offer young planners the opportunity of work experience with a chief planning officer.

The Planner

Planning statistics for the second quarter published

Provisional planning statistics for the second quarter of 2018/19 indicate a slight improvement in handling times for major applications; no change in the time taken to deal with local applications; and an increase in enforcement activity.

Northern Ireland Executive

Tourist attraction generates half a billion

Northern Ireland's best-known tourist attraction, the Giant's Causeway, helped generate almost half a billion pounds for the north coast region in the last year, a new economic report has found.

Belfast Telegraph

Capital police station flats makeover okayed

Work to demolish the former Ballynafeigh police station on Belfast's Ormeau Road is expected to begin late next spring. County Tyrone developer Knockburn Ltd has received planning approval to demolish the complex and build 57 new flats on the site.

Belfast Telegraph

Ballycastle wind turbine tussle

Abo Wind, a German renewable energy firm, is expected to appeal a decision by Causeway Coast and Glens Borough Council to refuse planning permission for six wind turbines on Croaghan Hill, around five miles south of Ballycastle in Co Antrim.

Belfast Telegraph

Bangor childcare campus initiative

Design proposals for a pioneering specialist children’s care and justice campus in Bangor, County Down, are to be developed following the publication of a report by the Department of Health.

Northern Ireland Executive

Protect routes display

The roads division of the Department for Infrastructure has published its latest updated protected routes map on the DfI website.

Northern Ireland Executive

Boost for Belfast’s Templemore Baths

A £5 million investment from the National Lottery is set to transform East Belfast’s Victorian Templemore Baths into a modern leisure and fitness facility for the city.

Belfast City Council