Boucher Square

Boucher Square

Case studies, Featured
This proposal brought a new concept to retail warehouse parks in NI, that being a stand alone restaurant/food court. This site had a complex planning history which Pragma assisted the client in negotiating a path through to obtain consent for this scheme. Although now complete, planning permission has been granted to extend it further with work due to commence on site shortly.
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Dunluce Castle

Dunluce Castle

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Dunluce Castle Tourist Visitors Centre involves the provision of a new visitors centre adjacent to the castle. Pragma were instructed after the project had been in the planning system for several years and had become stagnated. We in association with Carson McDowell Solicitors injected new life into the project, following a fundamental review of the issues, which were obviously heritage, archaeology, visual impact and planning policy related. In addition there was competition from a rival scheme some distance away that was being promoted by NIEA. The forensic review of the project necessitated some alterations to the scheme but resulted in a planning permission being granted at Planning Appeal for the same floorspace as had originally been sought. The scheme is progressing to reserved matters at present.
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Belvoir Park Project

Belvoir Park Project

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Belvoir Park, which is currently on site, is set to become one of Belfast’s most prestigious residential developments. Pragma were instructed from the outset to undertake a fundamental review of the previous outline planning permission and provide strategic advice to the London based client on how to take the scheme forward. The project involved close collaboration with the various architectural practices working on the scheme to ensure the issues of conservation, contamination, ecology and roads were adequately addressed. We also established a close working relationship with NIEA in respect of the Listed Buildings across the site and ensured that the scheme progressed through revisions to the original masterplan and a series of reserved matters and non-material change applications that ensured refurbishment of individual listed buildings were undertaken in association with…
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Pragma Planning obtains Planning Permission for new hotel complex

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Planning Permission has been approved for a new 66 bed hotel with leisure and conference facilities, restaurants, bars and associated car parking and landscaping works. The planning application was submitted in March 2011 for the new hotel, leisure and conference complex on the Glenavy Road, Lisburn. The application process involved in depth negotiation with Road Service and Lisburn City Council’s Environmental Health Department to bring forward this highly valuable planning consent which will. When the development is constructed the new hotel, leisure and conference venue will supplement the existing high quality hotel provision within the City and will provide a choice of venues within Lisburn.
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Householder Development

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The PHD form should only be used for applications for Full Planning Permission for works of alteration/ extension to a dwelling or other development for domestic purposes within the curtilage of a dwelling (e.g. erection of a garage) phd_june07
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New guidance for Pre application discussion for Planning Applications

Opinion
The Environment Minister has launched simpler, clearer planning guidance that it is hoped will save applicants time and money. The Environment Minister launched, simpler, clearer planning guidance that it is hoped will save planning applicants time and money, yesterday at an event at the Construction Employers Federation. It is proposed that this will also help deliver the Minister’s vision for a better environment and stronger economy. Lending support to the belief that the two do not have to be in opposition. The revised planning guidance on Pre-application Discussions opens up the process to a broader range of development proposals, provides guidance on the type of matters to be addressed and the information required. The importance of engaging with local communities before applications are submitted is also highlighted. This is not…
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Planning approval for £6.5million redevelopment of Ards park

Opinion
Environment Minister Mark H Durkan has announced planning approval for a £6.5million transformation of leisure facilities at Londonderry Park in Newtownards. The redevelopment and improvement proposals include the replacement of shale pitches with floodlit synthetic pitches, new main pavilion and changing facilities, new cricket pavilion, increased car parking and associated development. Ards Borough Council is investing £6.5million into the redevelopment of Londonderry Park.
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Minister launches planning reform consultation

Opinion
The Environment Minister, Mark H Durkan, has launched a 12 week consultation on proposals for planning reform and its transfer to new councils. The Minister is seeking views on the improvements he intends to introduce in planning as a result of the new two-tier system in Northern Ireland. Under the review of public administration (RPA), responsibility for the majority of planning functions will transfer to the new councils in April 2015 who will operate as the local planning authorities for their areas. The changes will see the return of local accountability to the planning system. Councils will be responsible for developing their own local development plan setting the context for development proposals in the future. They will also determine the vast majority of planning applications with only a small percentage…
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Ministers launch consultations on developer contributions for affordable housing

Opinion
Social Development Minister and Environment Minister have launched public consultations on proposals that aim to increase the supply of affordable housing. Developer contributions would require developers to provide a proportion of newly-proposed housing developments (over a certain threshold) as affordable housing. The DSD consultation on ‘Developer Contributions for Affordable Housing’, which can be found at http://www.dsdni.gov.uk/consultations.htm, sets out the policy behind developer contributions and seeks the public’s views on the introduction of such a policy in Northern Ireland and on the suggested level of contribution. The DOE consultation on the ‘Draft Planning Policy Statement 22 (PPS22) ‘Affordable Housing’, which can be found at http://j.mp/T9pE6v, details how developer contributions could be delivered. Social Development Minister, Nelson McCausland said: “The timing of the introduction of a developer contributions scheme in Northern Ireland…
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