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Belfast to appeal lifting of bulky goods restriction at major retail park

Belfast to appeal lifting of bulky goods restriction at major retail park

Belfast City Council has said it will appeal the High Court's decision last week that a bulky goods restriction relating to the Sprucefield out-of-town shopping centre should not be taken into account in informing planning decisions.

How a new era of strategic planning is unfolding in Northern Ireland

How a new era of strategic planning is unfolding in Northern Ireland

Northern Ireland's local authorities are grappling with the practical implications of new plan-making responsibilities bestowed upon them following a local government shake-up last year.

Green light for 1,500-home Derry outline application

Green light for 1,500-home Derry outline application

Plans have been approved for up to 1,500 homes on the edge of Derry in Northern Ireland - despite concerns over open space.

What Northern Ireland's reshuffle means for planning

What Northern Ireland's reshuffle means for planning

Commentators hope that a new department handed control over planning in Northern Ireland will improve planning for infrastructure but say the minister must ensure councils make the most of their planning powers.

Northern Ireland's 'largest solar farm' approved

Northern Ireland's 'largest solar farm' approved

Plans to build Northern Ireland's biggest solar farm on a site near Antrim that features scheduled monuments have been approved by Northern Ireland's environment minister.

Durkan unlawfully approved Belfast plan, High Court rules

Durkan unlawfully approved Belfast plan, High Court rules

Northern Ireland's environment minister Mark H Durkan acted unlawfully in approving a new Belfast city region plan, a High Court judge has ruled.

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Why Northern Ireland planning changes could slow approvals

Why Northern Ireland planning changes could slow approvals

Last month's transfer of planning powers to councils in Northern Ireland could cause a slowdown in planning approvals as officers and new planning committee members get to grips with the system.

Will Northern Ireland's new 'super councils' be ready to take on their new planning responsibilities?

Will Northern Ireland's new 'super councils' be ready to take on their new planning responsibilities?

As local government in Northern Ireland is reformed, there is concern over new councils' readiness for the decentralised planning powers they will assume.

2013: Preview of the year ahead in planning

2013: Preview of the year ahead in planning

With major national planning legislation or policy documents due in Westminster, Edinburgh, Cardiff and Stormont, the next 12 months look set to be busy, says Colin Marrs.

Consultancy Survey 2012: overview

Consultancy Survey 2012: overview

After four years of doom and gloom, planning consultancies appear noticeably more optimistic about prospects for the year ahead, says Bryan Johnston.


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