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Northern Ireland round-up: Two Belfast masterplans unveiled; Kilkeel Harbour expansion proposed

Words: Roger Milne

A round-up of planning news in Northern Ireland: 3 December-9 December, 2016

Two Belfast masterplans unveiled

Two blueprints for separate areas of Belfast were published this week by communities secretary Paul Givan.

The Planner

RTPI welcomes publication of global ethics principles 

The International Ethics Standards coalition has published the first set of ethics principles for professionals working in land, property, construction, infrastructure and related professions around the world.


‘Outrage’ at weekend demolition of historic Belfast buildings 

A heritage group has voiced ‘outrage’ over the demolition of three historic buildings in Belfast during last weekend.

Belfast Telegraph

Belfast tourist attraction named a world-leading attraction

Titanic Belfast has been named the world’s leading tourist attraction at the World Travel Awards in The Maldives.

Belfast Telegraph

Iceland energy ‘could help protect Northern Irish electricity using undersea cable’

Geothermal energy from Iceland transmitted via an undersea cable coming ashore in the Province could help safeguard Northern Ireland's electricity supply, says economy minister Simon Hamilton.

Irish Independent

Admin accounts for 80% of costs at Northern Ireland Environment Agency

The Northern Ireland Environment Agency, which works to protect, conserve and promote the country’s natural environment and built heritage, is under fire over its costs and spending.

Belfast Telegraph

Kilkeel Harbour expansion proposed

A massive £36 million expansion of Kilkeel Harbour in County Down has been proposed and it could create 1,000 jobs.

Belfast Telegraph

Bangor site may get facelift after delay lasting 20 years

A long-running scheme to rejuvenate the neglected Queen’s Parade area of Bangor is stepping up a gear.

Belfast Telegraph

300 luxury homes planned for Co Antrim development

Developer Farland has submitted an application for a 300-home luxury residential development at Carrickergus.

Belfast Telegraph

City deal bid taken to Stormont

Belfast City Council took its case for a city growth deal to Stormont this week with support from neighbouring local authorities.

Belfast City Council

North and south government officials meet about new strategic partnership

Senior officials from both sides of the border have held an inaugural meeting in Derry over an innovative strategic partnership covering the North-West region, designed to promote joined-up planning and collective growth initiatives.

Derry City & Strabane District Council

£100m Newry retail park will bring 1,000 jobs, says developer

A pre-planning application notification has been lodged with Newry, Mourne and Down District Council for revised proposals for a mixed-use 14-hectare business and retail park.

Belfast Telegraph

Turbine application withdrawn

The application for a six-turbine wind farm on Koram Hill near Strabane has been withdrawn.

Planning Portal NI