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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.
Plans have been approved for up to 1,500 homes on the edge of Derry in Northern Ireland - despite concerns over open space.
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.
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.
Northern Ireland's environment minister Mark H Durkan acted unlawfully in approving a new Belfast city region plan, a High Court judge has ruled.
Phil Williams, director of planning and place at Belfast City Council, has become the new president of the Royal Town Planning Institute (RTPI).
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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?
As local government in Northern Ireland is reformed, there is concern over new councils' readiness for the decentralised planning powers they will assume.
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.
After four years of doom and gloom, planning consultancies appear noticeably more optimistic about prospects for the year ahead, says Bryan Johnston.