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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.
Belfast City Council has published its first draft local development plan (LDP) strategy, which includes a policy to use planning as a tool to help heal historical sectarian divisions.
Northern Ireland's Department for Infrastructure has said it will not decide on any major planning applications while an appeal is underway against a court ruling this week that found a civil servant who approved plans for an energy from waste scheme did not have the power to do so.
Planning permission has been approved for 102 electricity pylons along a 34 kilometre route forming part of a cross-border electricity inter-connector between Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland, despite recognition that some of the scheme's environmental effects would be 'significant and adverse'.
Belfast City Council has outlined a new customer service charter following reported complaints about the speed with which it deals with planning permissions.
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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.
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.