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13/03/2020

Northern Ireland round-up: Two prime Belfast projects gain approval; Capital infrastructure blueprint published

Words: Roger Milne

A round-up of planning news in Northern Ireland: 7 March-13 March, 2020

Two prime Belfast projects gain approval

Two large Belfast city centre projects have been approved by the city council – a scheme comprising a significant amount of new commercial and retail floor space and a residential tower providing 105 flats.

The Planner

Budget 2020: ‘Changed mindset’ behind new devolution deals and local growth funding

A 'changed mindset' that will see a greater focus on the UK's nations, towns and cities beyond London and England is behind pledges of new deals and growth funding in the Budget.

The Planner

Budget 2020: Government vows to increase tree planting and establish carbon storage sites

The government will plant enough trees to ‘cover an area the size of Birmingham’ and establish a Carbon Capture and Storage (CCS) Infrastructure Fund to establish CCS in at least two UK sites, according to chancellor Rishi Sunak, as he outlined his first Budget.

The Planner

Capital infrastructure blueprint published

Belfast City Council has published its first green and blue infrastructure plan to help to protect green spaces, rivers and other natural assets in the city.

Belfast City Council

East Belfast hotel change of use?

The owners of east Belfast's struggling Park Avenue Hotel on the Holywood Road have revealed a possible change of the use for the site, which would involve a housing scheme.

Belfast Telegraph

West Belfast park work begins

Work began this week on a new £5 million park development in the Colin Urban Village area of west Belfast funded by the Executive Office’s Urban Villages Initiative.

Northern Ireland Executive

Green power on the up

Last year 44 per cent of total electricity consumption in Northern Ireland was generated from renewable sources (chiefly wind) located in the province, an increase of 3 percentage points on the previous 12-month period, show latest official figures.

Department for the Economy

Capital city centre street makeover

Communities minister Deirdre Hargey has announced that design work is under way on plans to upgrade five key thoroughfares in Belfast city centre (College Court, Avenue and Street as well as Callender Street and Chichester Street) as part of a proposed £2 million public realm scheme.

Northern Ireland Executive

Sion Mills masterplan endorsed

Derry City & Strabane District Council’s environment and regeneration committee has endorsed the final draft of the Sion Mills regeneration masterplan.

Derry City & Strabane District Council

MPs probe Stormont deal

The UK Parliament’s Northern Ireland Affairs Committee has launched an inquiry into commitments made as part of the deal that helped to restore Northern Ireland’s devolved government in January after its three years in political deadlock.

BBC News

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