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Northern Ireland round-up: Stormont consults on government’s programme; Holywood property firm buys another Belfast office complex

Words: Roger Milne

A round-up of planning news in Northern Ireland: 28 May-3 June, 2016

Stormont consults on government’s programme

The new Stormont administration has begun consulting on its programme for government, after politicians agreed a set of outcomes supported by some 42 indicators.

The Planner

Government won’t meet soil sustainability ambition, warns Environmental Audit Committee

The failure to prevent soil degradation could increase the risk of flooding, lower food security and greater carbon emissions, says the committee's latest report.

The Planner

Holywood property firm buys another Belfast office complex

County Down-based property firm Wirefox has bought an office complex in Belfast city centre earmarked for a mixed-use redevelopment.

BBC News

Special camera offers hikers a fresh perspective on Belfast’s hills

For the first time, people are able to view miles of public paths around the Belfast hills, thanks to some sophisticated technology and an internet giant.

BBC News

NI Water plays down fears over Woodburn forest oil drill project

NI Water has insisted it has no concerns about drilling at Woodburn Forest having any effect on drinking water in Belfast.

Belfast Telegraph

House at Maghera named Northern Ireland’s Building of the Year

A family house at Maghera in Castlewellan, County Down, has been named Northern Ireland's Building of the Year by the Royal Society of Ulster Architects (RSUA).

Belfast Telegraph 

Planning Services to relocate to council buildings

Planning services in Derry City and Strabane District Council are to officially relocate from the Orchard House building to the council offices in Derry and Strabane. Planning functions will now be fully operational in Strand Road, Derry, from 15 June 2016.

Derry City & Strabane District Council