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Northern Ireland: Turbine subsidy closure hits wind farm consents; Plans for solar plant to power Dale Farm dairy site

Words: Roger Milne

A round-up of planning news in Northern Ireland: 3 October-9 October, 2015

Turbine subsidy closure hits wind farm consents

The Department of Enterprise, Trade and Investment (DETI) has started consulting on the proposed early closure of Northern Ireland Renewables Obligation (NIRO) support for all new onshore wind projects.

The Planner

RTPI Awards for Planning Excellence 2016 open for entry 

Entries for the 14 categories for the RTPI Awards for Planning Excellence 2016 are now open.

The Planner

Panel of experts asks for input into local plan review

The panel set up to consider how best to streamline the local plan-making process is inviting the views of planning, property and local government professionals as well as other stakeholders.

The Planner

RTPI 2016 vice-president announced

The RTPI has announced the results of this year’s elections, including the position of 2017 president.

The Planner

Plans for solar plant to power Dale Farm dairy site

Proposals for a multi-million pound solar farm that could power Dale Farm's huge dairy site just outside Cookstown in Co Tyrone are taking shape.

Belfast Telegraph

Planning (Hazardous Substances) regulations

The Department of the Environment has made the Planning (Hazardous Substances) (No. 2) Regulations (Northern Ireland) 2015, which come into operation next week. The regulations cover the control of major accident hazards involving dangerous substances in respect of land-use planning in Northern Ireland.

Government Legislation 

Grand Designs features architect's Portrush dream home

A former derelict stone forge in an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty that has been transformed into a family home with stunning views of the North Coast, was featured on Channel 4's Grand Designs this week.

Belfast Telegraph

Phoenix Natural Gas plans to extend network in 13 towns in County Down

Phoenix Natural Gas, which owns the gas distribution network around Greater Belfast and Larne. has announced a plan to extend its network to 13 towns across the east of County Down.

BBC News