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High Court ruling halts Northern Ireland infrastructure decisions

High Court ruling halts Northern Ireland infrastructure decisions

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.

Go-ahead for 102-pylon Irish border electricity link

Go-ahead for 102-pylon Irish border electricity link

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 charter aims to speed planning process

Belfast City Council charter aims to speed planning process

Belfast City Council has outlined a new customer service charter following reported complaints about the speed with which it deals with planning permissions.

Plans submitted for Northern Ireland gold mine

Plans submitted for Northern Ireland gold mine

Plans have been submitted for a 'regionally significant' gold mine in County Tyrone, Northern Ireland.

One in three Northern Ireland planning appeals allowed

One in three Northern Ireland planning appeals allowed

Around one third of planning applications in Northern Ireland which went to appeal last year were approved, according to a report.

Turley to expand Northern Ireland operations

Turley to expand Northern Ireland operations

Consultancy Turley is to open a new office in Derry, Northern Ireland.

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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.

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.

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.


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