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A report highlighting fears over the impact of proposed investment zones on development and the planning system, including one commentator arguing that they will cause “total chaos”, leads our daily round-up of planning news across the media.
A national newspaper article arguing that planning remains fundamental to the process of economic development and revival leads today’s news roundup.
Judge rules that Chinese consulate immune from council's injunction bid over security wall planning dispute
Belfast City Council's attempt to prevent a security wall being unlawfully built around the city's Chinese consulate has been thwarted by diplomatic immunity, but a High Court judge has warned the People's Republic that if it breaks the law the government can take the "nuclear option" of shutting the consulate down.
Judge blasts planning authorities for lack of enforcement action against mining firm despite 'repeated breaches'
A High Court judge has dismissed a legal bid to instigate planning enforcement action against a mining operator, but has expressed "grave concern" over the lack of enforcement action by planning authorities against the firm despite its "repeated breaches of planning control".
Civil servants have explored the feasibility of constructing a bridge between Scotland and Northern Ireland after the idea was floated by Boris Johnson before he became Prime Minister, according to reports.
The UK government has announced it will introduce legislation to allow civil servants in Northern Ireland to resume making major planning decisions in the absence of a functioning executive.
White Peak Planning, Manchester, Greater Manchester
Plymouth City Council, Plymouth, Devon
Landmark Planning Ltd, Leicestershire, Leicester
Welwyn Hatfield Borough Council, Welwyn Garden City, AL8 6AE
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.
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.
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.