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Northern Ireland round-up: Wary welcome for emergency measures to aid decision-making; Sewer capacity crisis stymies development

Words: Roger Milne

A round-up of planning news in Northern Ireland: 20 October-26 October, 2018

Wary welcome for emergency measures to aid decision-making

Planning professionals have given a cautious welcome to emergency legislation published by the UK government designed to give civil servants and departments greater clarity and flexibility when it comes to making decisions in the absence of Stormont ministers.

The Planner 

Sewer capacity crisis stymies development

Lack of funding for the public sewerage system is threatening development across Northern Ireland.

The Planner 

Approval for Belfast BTR scheme

Plans for a 16-storey build-to-rent apartment scheme in the capital’s Cathedral Quarter have been approved by the city council.

Insider Media

Council’s planning committee to meet to consider Primark application

Belfast City Council’s planning committee has been recommended to approve Primark’s listed building consent application for its fire-damaged Bank Buildings.

Belfast City Council

Westminster told Belfast City Deal could create 20,000 jobs

A bid by six Northern Ireland councils to secure a city deal for the Belfast region has the potential to create 20,000 new jobs, it was claimed this week.

Belfast Telegraph

DUP calls for study into NI-Scotland bridge

The DUP has renewed calls for an assessment into building a bridge between Northern Ireland and Scotland. 

Belfast Telegraph

Foresight buys 52 turbine Northern Ireland onshore wind portfolio from SPL

Green investment company the Foresight Group has acquired Simple Power Limited’s portfolio of some 52 wind turbines located across Northern Ireland with a combined capacity of over 12 megawatts.

Foresight Group

Belfast scheme among opportunities to be promoted

Proposals for the £75 million redevelopment of the former Belfast Telegraph building in the capital as grade A office space for the creative and technology sector are being promoted as a key investment opportunity by the UK’s Department for International Trade.

Insider Media