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Wednesday, 13 January 2016

Planning, Regeneration and Development Seminar Series

Commencing Thursday 11 February 2016, 17.00 - 18.00
Ulster University, York Street, Belfast
Refreshments available in the foyer from 16.30

The Planning Team at Ulster University (UPLAN*) are running a new seminar series exploring issues in planning, regeneration and development.

Hosted by the Built Environment Research Institute (BERI) at Ulster University, the purpose of this seminar series is to bring together practitioners, researchers and students to promote good practice, exchange ideas and stimulate debate on planning, regeneration and development.

Seminars will be led by practitioners and researchers from Northern Ireland and beyond. The series aims to attract an inclusive audience and is open to anyone interested in engaging with contemporary planning issues. 

The series kicks off with a seminar entitled Creating value in planning and development - reflections on the balancing act, and will be delivered by BERI visiting Professor Diana Fitzsimons. 

The seminar is free to attend. To assist with catering, please RSVP by email to [email protected] 

Friday, 19 June 2015

Queen Street & Wellington Place, Belfast - Public Engagement Event - Mon 22 June, 12 - 8pm

A public engagement event will take place on Monday 22 June 2015, 12noon - 8pm at 29 Wellington Place (former Parsons and Parsons), Belfast BT1 6GS. 

The event is an early opportunity to learn about, and share your views on, a proposal for student accommodation at lands within the site bounded by 24 - 30 College Street, 41-49 Queen Street (formerly known as the Athletic Stores) and 29 Wellington Place (former Parsons & Parsons), Belfast. The proposal includes a mix of cluster beds with shared facilities and studios; ground floor uses including support facilities associated with the student accommodation and a bar; restaurant and cafe.

Further information relating to the proposals may be obtained from: Turley, Hamilton House, 3 Joy Street, Belfast BT2 8LE on behalf of Lacuna WJ Limited (Lacuna Developments & Watkin Jones Group).

If you wish to make comments on the proposals you may do so at the above event and / or in writing to Turley, Hamilton House, 3 Joy Street, Belfast BT2 8LE and no later than Friday 21 August 2015.

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Wednesday, 22 April 2015

Consultation: Draft Belfast City Council City Centre Regeneration Strategy & Investment Plan

There is just over one month left to have your say and help shape the emerging Belfast City Council City Centre Regeneration Strategy & Investment Plan.

The strategy is being developed by Urban Strategies for Belfast City Council. The strategy considers market and economic analysis of the city centre’s office market and retail offer, as well as priorities for tourism development and job creation. The strategy also considers issues such as pedestrian access, street furniture, tree planting, parks, bridges, car parks and city events.

It is intended that the strategy will influence the future local development plan for Belfast and direct how new regeneration functions the Council will acquire in April 2016 will be utilised. 


Download: Urban Strategies’ Belfast City Centre Initial Directions Paper (PDF - 5.7MB)

Download: Belfast City Centre Regeneration Strategy and Investment Plan (PDF - 10MB)

Consultation responses can be returned to Belfast City Council via email - [email protected]. Deadline for responses is Wednesday 28 May 2015.

Tuesday, 14 April 2015

Development of Brownfield Land - Wed 25 March 2015

Understand the Impact of Planning Reform & Better Assess & Manage Risks for Cost Effective Re-Development of Brownfield Land
Wednesday 25th March 2015, Belfast

Implementation of a major reform of the Planning System, and the transfer of planning functions to 11 new local councils in Northern Ireland, took pace on April 2015. The majority of contaminated land and groundwater is dealt with under the Planning regime, and so it is important that all professionals involved in brownfield development have a thorough understanding of this reform and the impact it will have.

Brownfield Briefing return to Belfast in March 2015 with a fully re-researched and updated conference, bringing together key players to discuss the implications of a new planning framework on the assessment and management of risks arising from contaminated land and groundwater on brownfield sites.

Hear first-hand practical advice on producing a risk assessment to support a planning application, how to scope your site investigation based on remedial objectives so you are only collecting - and paying for - the information you really need. Learn how to better understand and manage risks and develop appropriate verification measures to prove that any remediation undertaken is measurable and justifiable.

Packed with first-hand insights and practical case studies, this event will leave you with a better understanding of the way forward in managing and developing brownfield land in the new regime in just a few months’ time.

Click here to view the full programme


Former Sirocco works in Belfast.


Key topics include:
  • Update on the outcome of the Planning Reform and exploring the future for Planning and Development in Northern Ireland
  • Local Council Perspective: Contaminated Land Risk Assessment in the new Planning Process
  • Exploring brownfields as drivers for economic and social regeneration
  • Developer’s Perspective on planning and regulatory changes, brownfield challenges and solutions
  • Perspective & Case Studies from the DEFRA Expert Panel
  • Producing a robust, coherent and appropriate risk assessment to support a planning application
  • Strategies for achieving more accurate risk assessment of groundwater to minimise the impact of groundwater contamination on land use
  • Developing a robust, detailed and integrated risk assessment to enable appropriate remediation and increase cost-efficiencies
  • Waste Management: Assessing the impact of new Environmental & Waste regulation on the development of brownfield land
  • Asbestos: Strategies for the identification, remediation and re-use of asbestos-contaminated materials

Key speakers include:
  • Siobhan Cox, Queen's University, Belfast
  • Simon Kirk, Strategic Planning Division, Dept of the Environment
  • Kyle M Alexander OBE, Maze Long Kesh Development Corporation
  • John O’Connor, The Housing Agency, Republic of Ireland
  • Brian Kelly, Turley Associates
  • Theresa Kearney, Northern Ireland Environment Agency
  • Naomi Earl, Freelance Contaminated Consultant & Member of DEFRA Expert Panel
  • Graham Webb, Geosyntec
  • Cecilia Macleod, WYG
  • Yvonne Buchanan, WYG
  • Chris Piddington, Vertase FLI
  • James Macfarlane, Hydrock
  • Richard Yarnold, Hydrock

Date: 25 March 2015
Time: 9am - 5pm
Venue: Hilton Hotel, 4 Lanyon Place, Belfast, BT1 3LP

Wednesday, 8 April 2015

Living Places: An Urban Stewardship & Design Guide wins at the UK Place Making Awards 2015

DOE Planning's Living Places: An Urban Stewardship and Design Guide for Northern Ireland has won a prestigious UK Planning Award.

Stewardship, the way in which our urban places are managed and maintained, has traditionally been considered separately from the planning and design process. However, Living Places for the first time treats urban stewardship and design with equal measure.

The judges described Living Places as ‘ambitious in scope and inclusive in approach, resulting in the production of an impressive design guide for Northern Ireland'.


Launch of Living Places in September 2014. L - R: Michael Corr
(Creative Director, PLACE), Minister Mark H Durkan (DoE),
Suzanne Wylie (Chief Executive, Belfast City Council) and James
Hennessey (Associate Director, The Paul Hogarth Company).

Environment Minister Mark H Durkan said:
“It is very fitting that Living Places has received such a prestigious award. The guide inspires a fresh and exciting new approach to planning for our villages, town and cities.

“It identifies people and place as the two central pillars of successful and sustainable urban areas. The guide recognises the central role that planning and design has to play in the creation and maintenance of great places old and new.

“The timing of the award could not be better, achieved as we hand planning powers over to the new Councils. ‘Living Places’ will assist councils, designers, community groups, the general public and all users of the reformed planning system to shape how their areas grow and develop. 
“Through this fresh approach to planning, great potential exists for Living Places to be a significant influence in the North, now and into the future.”

Living Places was produced in collaboration with The Paul Hogarth Company with Gareth Hoskins Architects and a steering group of key stakeholders including PLACE.

James Hennessey from The Paul Hogarth Company commented:
"As authors of the guide we would like to extend our thanks and congratulations to the many people from different walks of life who contributed to shaping this document. Making and caring for great places is a collaborative process and we hope that Living Places will help inspire everyone to work together in transforming our towns and cities as better places for all."

The 2015 Place Making award ceremony was held on Tuesday 31 March 2015 at the Royal Institution, Albemarle Street, London. From over 200 entries, 14 projects across the UK were announced as winners at the event.

Living Places was published by the Environment Minister Mark H Durkan on the 18 September 2014 at a symposium organised by PLACE. The symposium took place at the Duncairn Centre for Culture & Arts and followed a series of training workshops delivered by PLACE across NI to outline the concepts and principles of Living Places. To find out more about the workshops and launch symposium organised by PLACE click www.placeni.org/living-places.

To find out more about Living Places: An Urban Stewardship and Design Guide for Northern Ireland, click www.planningni.gov.uk/index/policy/supplementary_guidance/guides/living_places_urban_stewardship_and_design_guide.htm

Wednesday, 1 April 2015

EPLANI Film Screening: Trashed - Tues 28 April, 7pm

The Environmental & Planning Law Association of Northern Ireland (EPLANI) are hosting a screening of the award winning 2012 docu-feature “Trashed” on the Tuesday 28 April.

A Panel discussion will take place after the screening with experts and campaigners in the field of waste management and sustainable development.




In Trashed, produced and directed by British filmmaker Candida Brady (Madam and the Dyan Swan), which was selected to receive a Special Screening at the Cannes Film Festival, Jeremy Irons sets out to discover the extent and effects of the global waste problem, as he travels around the world to beautiful destination tainted by pollution. This is a meticulous, brave investigative journey that takes Irons (and us) from scepticism to sorrow and from horror to hope. It touches on issues such as our waste-culture, on sustainable living and on the incinerator process that is often touted as a panacea to our waste management problem.


Date: Tuesday 28 April
Time: 7pm - 10pm
Venue: The Black Box, Hill Street, Belfast, BT1 2LA
Cost: £3
Booking: Click Here

Friday, 13 February 2015

QUB School of Planning Seminar Series 2015

The Queen's University School of Planning seminar series:


Economic Crisis, Policy Responses and the Resilience of Regions: Insights from Europe
Time: 1.00pm, 24th February 2015
Venue: David Keir Building (03/005), QUB, Belfast

Prof Gillian Bristow is Professor in Economic Geography in the School of Geography and Planning in Cardiff University. She has research interests in the areas of regional economic development; regional economic resilience; local and regional competitiveness; devolution finance; regional economic change and restructuring; and the evaluation and analysis of UK and EU public policy in relation to regional and rural development objectives. For more details about Gillian click here.


Waterfront regeneration in Australia: local responses to global trends in re-imagining disused city docklands
Time: 1.00pm, 26th March 2015
Venue: David Keir Building (03/005), QUB, Belfast

Prof Susan Oakely is an urban sociologist. Her current research is a study of redeveloping disused urban docklands which examines the relationship between urban planning, governance and urban renewal of brownfield sites. For more details about Susan click here.


How do businesses experience the planning process?
Time: 9.00am - 11.00am, 26th March 2015
Venue: David Keir Building (LG/024), QUB, Belfast

An interactive session including a mix of presentations and discussion on how business and the economy can benefit from the planning process. It will also explore the role of planning in economic development more generally, for example by encouraging business investment. Practical examples will be provided by guest speakers Richard Hunter, R Robinson & Sons, Anne Donaghy, Chief Executive of Mid and East Antrim District Council and Michael Worthington, Pragma Planning. For more details contact Ruth McAreavey.


Property Development
Time: 10.00am - 11.00am, 23rd April
Venue: David Keir Building (LG/024), QUB, Belfast

This session will examine the role of planning in the property development process Practical examples will be provided by guest speaker David W.S. Law; WJ Law & Co LLP. For more details contact Ruth McAreavey.


Regional Development
Time: 10.00am - 11.00am, 30th April
Venue: David Keir Building (LG/024), QUB, Belfast

This session will examine Regional development and European funding in Northern Ireland: Exploring the economic development opportunities from membership of the European Union. Practical examples will be provided by guest speaker Andrew Winter; European Support Unit, DETI. For more details contact Ruth McAreavey.


Cultures of compliance: planning enforcement in areas of high immigration
Time: 3.00pm, Wednesday 6th May
Venue: David Keir Building (03/005), QUB, Belfast

Dr Neil Harris is a Senior Lecturer in Statutory Planning whose research focuses on using conceptual frameworks to better understand the instruments and operation of the statutory planning system. For more details about Neil click here.


Liveability - challenges and opportunities for our urban lives

Time: 1.00pm, Tuesday 19th May 2015
Venue: SPACE School Boardroom, QUB, Belfast

Ciaran Cuffe is an architect and planner. He has worked on master-planning projects in Ireland and abroad. He held public office for twenty years as a councillor, TD, and most recently Minister of State with responsibility for planning and climate change. His interests lie in urbanism and low carbon opportunities in construction and mobility. For more details about Ciaran click here.

Monday, 10 November 2014

Local Government & Planning Seminar - Wednesday 3 December 2014, 1.30pm

The NI Assembly will host a seminar on Local Government & Planning on Wednesday 3 December 2014, 1.30pm - 3.30pm. The event is free to attend; anyone wishing to register should email [email protected].

The seminar is part of the Knowledge Exchange Seminar Series (KESS). KESS aims to promote evidence-led policy and law-making within Northern Ireland and is the first of its kind in the United Kingdom, formally partnering a legislative arm of government - the Assembly - with academia. Aiming to encourage debate and improve understanding, KESS provides a forum to present and disseminate research findings in a straightforward format, across the Programme for Government; making those findings easily accessible to decision-makers such as MLAs and Assembly committees, as well as the wider public sector.

KESS is jointly delivered by the Research and Information Service of the Assembly (RaISe), in partnership with Queen’s University, Ulster University and the Open University. For more information please visit: http://www.niassembly.gov.uk/Assembly-Business/Research-and-Information-Service-RaISe/Knowledge-Exchange/.




Local Government & Planning
Wednesday 3 December, 2014, 1.30pm - 3.30pm
The Long Gallery, Parliament Buildings, Stormont Estate


1.30pm: RaISe - Welcome
1.35pm: Assembly Committee Chair - Opening Remarks

1.45pm: Prof Colin Knox (Ulster) - Community Planning in Local Government - how do we do it?

One of the key reforms in local government reorganisation is the statutory power of community planning, which has been described as the equivalent of Delivering Social Change (OFMDFM) at council level. There is however a dearth of information on how to take the principles of community planning from concept to practical implementation in Northern Ireland. This presentation draws on a pilot study and sets out one approach to the outworking of community planning in local government. It will highlight potential tensions between community planning partners in relation to the issue of accountability: vertical accountability to the Minister, and Assembly and horizon accountability to the community planning partnership. It also offers insights into emerging central-local government relations and whether community planning could rebalance a devolved administration which has been centripetal in nature.

2.05pm: Mr Gavan Rafferty and Prof Greg Lloyd (Ulster) - Community Planning and Land Use Planning in Ireland’s Border Area

The convergence of local government reform in both Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland is occurring at a unique moment in the island’s history, allowing further consideration on how an inter-jurisdictional co-operative framework can foster collaborative decision making on cross boundary community planning issues. In Northern Ireland, the proposal to introduce community planning will herald the reorganisation of local government, together with the transfer of statutory land use planning functions from the centre to the new local authorities. The Republic of Ireland is also witnessing a strengthening of its local governance arrangements. The Local Government Reform Act 2014 will create new local economic and community plans (LECP), which facilitate the better integration of public bodies, social and community partners to collaboratively work on integrated plans for specific actions in communities. This presentation explores the interfaces between land use planning (reforms) and community planning (innovation) in Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland in the specific context of the border area. There are vertical, horizontal and lateral dimensions to this potential interface and the context is febrile with questions around culture, capacity and competence in executing the new governance arrangements on integrated service delivery and spatial development.

2.25pm: Dr Karl O’Connor (Ulster) - Policy making at the local level: Everyday policy making in our local councils

If greater powers are to be devolved to our new super councils, what type of institutions will inherit these powers and how will these powers be used? Existing public administration research would lead to the expectation of greater bureaucrat involvement in the traditionally more mundane aspects of policy formulation, while in areas of greater public and political interest greater political involvement in the decision-making process would be expected. Converse to these expectations, however, evidence from Belfast City Council suggests that the bureaucratic elite are found to play a pivotal role in the day-to-day management of power-sharing within the city. This presentation highlights research findings that identify two ‘typologies of bureaucrat’ within the Council; and these in turn provide an insight into what guides everyday decision-making. It further explains that the development of administrative capacity within our local Councils is a necessary condition not only for good governance and supporting local councillors, but also for conflict management. (The research was conducted using Q Methodology: a mixed method designed to measure core beliefs and values and was funded by the Economic and Social Research Council).

2.45pm: Discussion
3.15pm: RaISe - Closing Remarks
3.20pm: Networking and Refreshments

Thursday, 3 July 2014

Job Opportunity: Planning Lecturer at University of Ulster

The University of Ulster is seeking to recruit a Planning Lecturer who is able to contribute to teaching, research and course administration. 

The postholder will teach across both undergraduate and postgraduate provision within the planning discipline and will contribute to research in land use planning, spatial planning and community planning.



The post will be based within the University's School of the Built Environment - a leading provider of undergraduate and postgraduate degrees across a broad range of academic disciplines which includes transportation, construction, planning, property, surveying, and civil engineering. 

Applicants must have experience of teaching planning and development. Closing date: 31 July 2014. 

Thursday, 19 June 2014

Modernism v Conservation: Planning 20th Century Belfast - Andrew Molloy, UU PhD Candidate

During PRONI's 'Belfast: Past, Present, Future' public talks, University of Ulster PhD Candidate Andrew Molloy presented a talk entitled 'Modernism v Conservation: Planning 20th Century Belfast'. You can now view the talk at PRONI's online YouTube channel.


Tuesday, 26 November 2013

Forum for Alternative Belfast | Connect East and Connect West launches Thurs 28 Nov, 4pm, Ulster Hall, Belfast

On Thursday 28th November at 4pm, Belfast's Lord Mayor will launch the two publications developed during the 4th Forum for Alternative Belfast Summer School 2012, titled Connect East and Connect West.

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East and West Belfast Partnership Boards approached the Forum for Alternative Belfast to focus on their respective physical disconnections with the City Centre. The subject of 're-stitching the city' through zones shattered by road infrastructure was the main subject of the Summer School in 2012, the outcomes of which are published in two separate poster documents for the East and West of the city.

Connect East includes a framework plan for the road shatter-zone around Bridge End, a plan for the Sirocco site and a city park.

Connect West includes new drawings for the Divis Street proposals around the Westlink and proposals for various linking and housing projects.

All are welcome at the launch upstairs Room 5 in the Ulster Hall from 4pm sharp for a short discussion and the opportunity to pick up copies of the FAB Summer School 2012 publications.

Monday, 25 November 2013

Friday, 22 November 2013

EPLANI Breakfast Networking Event | Monday 2 December, 8.30am - 9.30am

The Environment and Planning Law Association of Northern Ireland will host a Breakfast Networking Event at PLACE on Monday 2 December 2013, 8.30am - 9.30am (coffee from 8.15am). 

This is an opportunity to meet with other EPLANI members and the committee and make new contacts and connections.

Visit www.eplani.org for more information.

To book, or for more information, please contact Sara Tinsley, EPLANI Secretary on 028 9072 3900 or [email protected] EPLANI members: Free / Non members: £25 (includes membership). 

Thursday, 24 October 2013

Have Your Say: Living Places: An Urban Stewardship and Design Guide for NI

Living Places: An Urban Stewardship and Design Guide for NI aims to clearly establish the key principles behind good place making. It seeks to inform and inspire all those involved in the process of managing (stewardship) and making (design) urban places, with a view to raising standards across Northern Ireland.

Credit: www.paulhogarth.com

Public consultation on this draft DoE document continues until Thursday 31 October 2013.

University of Ulster student Alex O'Hara receives the 2013 RTPI Joanne Mathers Award

Research into the importance of integrating public health issues with urban planning has secured a top award (the 2013 Royal Town Planning Institute (RTPI NI) Joanne Mathers Award) for a student from the University of Ulster’s School of the Built Environment.


Professor Greg Lloyd, Head of the School of the Built Environment,
Alex O’Hara, recipient of the Joanne Mathers Award and
Carol Ramsey, Chairperson Royal Town Planning Institute (NI)

Alex O’Hara from Ballyclare, graduated earlier this year and undertook his research with Belfast Healthy Cities, a citywide partnership working to improve the population’s health equity and wellbeing.

He reviewed a wide range of existing national and international publications to identify why planning matters to health. His research supported the view that a quality built environment can greatly affect the standard of health and wellbeing of those who interact with it.

Alex’s research also showed that further work needs to be undertaken to improve the level of mutual understanding and integration between planning and health professionals.

Gavan Rafferty, Lecturer in Spatial Planning and Development, said Belfast Healthy Cities was delighted with the quality of Alex’s work.

He added: “His research provided added value to the organisation’s commitment to developing knowledge of building healthier cities. It also has the potential to inform wider practice in Northern Ireland, demonstrating the benefits of students undertaking ‘real life’ research projects.”

Professor Greg Lloyd, Head of the School of the Built Environment at Ulster congratulated Alex on his “well-deserved” success.

He said: “These are exciting and promising times for planning in Northern Ireland, with a reformed land use planning system in hand, the Review of Public Administration and the introduction of community planning to take place shortly - and this prestigious award reflects these ambitions.

“It is richly deserved by Alex and I wish him every success in his career. The School of the Built Environment is very proud of him.”


Caption (l-r): Professor Greg Lloyd, Head of the School of the Built Environment, Alex O’Hara, student recipient of the Joanne Mathers Award and Carol Ramsey, Chairperson Royal Town Planning Institute (NI)

Thursday, 15 August 2013

DoE Minister launches the draft Living Places Urban Design Guide at the PLACE Urban Design Academy

Department of the Environment Minister Mark H Durkan launched the consultation on an urban stewardship and design guide for Northern Ireland at the PLACE Urban Design Academy.

On Thursday 8 August the Minister visited the Academy to see how PLACE encourages young people to think creatively and explore ways to shape their local areas. Through PLACE's somewhereto_ project the Academy was able to take place in a former retail unit on Bangor’s main street. Using empty retail units in this way proves that thinking laterally can enhance the offering and environment of the high street and demonstrate alternative use of urban space.


Left - Right: Luke McMahon (Academy participant), DoE Minister Mark H Durkan,
James Hennessey (The Paul Hogarth Company) and Beth Wilson (Academy participant).

Tuesday, 30 April 2013

Meeting the Challenges of Community Planning in the Age of Austerity | Friday 3 May, 10am - 4pm at UUJ

Students and staff of BSc Hons Community Development are holding a Community Planning Conference at the University of Ulster Jordanstown.


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The keynote speaker, Mae Shaw (University of Edinburgh), will draw on lessons learnt from the Scottish model of community planning to challenge us to reflect on the issues and challenges for the community, voluntary and statutory sector in implementing community planning in Northern Ireland.

The conference will also draw on local case-studies to highlight some of the benefits of adopting a community planning model. Gavan Rafferty (School of the Built Environment, University of Ulster) will talk about local examples of Community Planning in practice.

The Conference will include three themed workshops.

Date: Friday 3 May, 11am - 4pm
Venue: Room 8K14B, Jordanstown Campus, University of Ulster

For further details and to book a place please contact Dr Rosemary Moreland 02890 368333 or email [email protected]

Saturday, 19 January 2013

The Big Bang Conference Series: Countdown to Planning Reform 2015 | Assembly Buildings, Belfast | Fri 1st Feb

RTPI Northern Ireland and the Irish Planning Institute present The Big Bang Conference Series: Countdown to Planning Reform 2015. The first in a series of conferences takes place at The Assembly Buildings Conference Centre (Spires), Fisherwick Place, Belfast on Friday 1st February at 9.15am.

"The Planning System in Northern Ireland is on course for a root and branch transformation that will see the vast majority of its statutory planning functions devolved from central government departments to eleven new Councils in 2015. The transfer of most planning functions to new district councils effectively involves the creation of a completely new planning system for Northern Ireland - a system which requires new roles, responsibilities and relationships for all participants in the planning process. The process of transformation is already underway and structures are currently being put in place to facilitate the new dispensation."

Friday, 9 November 2012

University of Ulster launch new Masters courses in Marine Spatial Planning & Coastal and Marine Tourism

The University of Ulster has launched two new distance learning Masters courses on Marine Spatial Planning and Coastal and Marine Tourism.

MSc Marine Spatial Planning. Click to Enlarge.