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World People Of Nature Day– Green Childhood

Friday 1st October
Online

Winter Migration Festival

Saturday 2nd October
Castle Espie
See event page

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BITCI– The Sustainability Revolution

Tuesday 5th October
Online
Free

Natural Capital Finance & Investment Conference 2021

Wednesday 6th October
Online
Delegate places are £55 per person

Peatlands gathering 2021

Thursday 7th October
Online
Free

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10

One World Festival

Monday 11th October
Mostly online

Do no harm to the environment: translating the EGD into Cohesion Policy 2021–2027

Tuesday 12th October
Online
Free

Rising seas and climate change with Dr Asha de Vos

Tuesday 12th October
Online
Free

Heritage on the Ground

Tuesday 12th October
Online
Free

Sustainable Peatlands: A Win for All

Wednesday 13th October
Online
Free

Natura 2000 logo for goods and services – supporting nature and people for a sustainable recovery

Wednesday 13th October
Online
Free

Floodplain Meadows Partnership Conference 2021

Wednesday 13th October
Online
0–£25

NI Waste Expo 2021

Thursday 14th October
Titanic Belfast
Non–qualified individuals are subject to a £250 attendance cost.

NorthernIreland2035– Common Purpose

Thursday 14th October
Online
Free

15

Cave Hill Fungal Foray

Saturday 16th October
Belfast Castle
Free

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“The Climate Crisis is a Human Rights Crisis”

Monday 18th October
Online
Free

Nature Means Business Online Conference

Tuesday 19th October
Online
£5.98

Nature Means Business

Tuesday 19th October
Online
£5.98

Practicing Food Sovereignty in the Climate Emergency

Tuesday 19th October
Online
Free

Young Trustees in the Environmental Sector

Tuesday 19th October
Online
Free

Mapping a Just Energy Transition in NI

Wednesday 20th October
QUB Great Hall
Free

The Year of Youth Climate Action: COP26 and Your Role

Wednesday 20th October
Online
Free

Legislating for Climate Action on the Island of Ireland

Thursday 21st October
Online
Free

Belfast City Council ‘Go Social’ Virtual Bus Tour – Destination: North West

Thursday 21st October
Online
Free

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Just Zero – a Virtual Conference on Financing the Just Transition

Monday 25th October
Online
Free

26

Agriculture and Climate Change: A Countryside COP event

Wednesday 27th October
Online
Free

Climate Resilience Heritage Summit

Wednesday 27th October
Online
Free

Nature Connection, Rewilding and Ecotherapy

Wednesday 27th October
22 University Square
Free

The Social Enterprise Rural Forum

Wednesday 27th October
Online
See ticket types

How can the island of Ireland best contribute to COP–26?

Thursday 28th October
Online
Free

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30

UN Climate Change Conference of the Parties (COP26) – Glasgow 2021

Sunday 31st October
Glasgow

      
 

Planning Rules Change 7 October 2020

Business and environment to benefit from new permitted development proposals – permitted development rights for oil and gas exploration removed – Nichola Mallon

Infrastructure Minister Nichola Mallon has announced her intention to change planning rules on permitted development rights which will benefit businesses and the environment.

The changes would be to permitted development rights which allow for certain types of development to take place without the need for planning permission.

These proposed changes will allow the following without the need for planning permission and subject to certain limitations:

upgrades on masts and antennas enabling better coverage for mobiles and broadband;

shopkeepers extending property and loading bays; and

recharging infrastructure for electric vehicles;

Permitted development rights for petroleum (oil and gas) exploration will also be removed.

The Minister will be bringing her proposals to the Infrastructure Committee for scrutiny in the coming weeks.

Minister Mallon said:

“I am committed to ensuring that my Department plays its role in supporting the Northern Ireland economy as well as reducing carbon emissions and promoting the use of renewable energy. Permitted development rights benefit businesses of all sizes, reducing costs and saving time. Extending permitted development rights further will promote growth, allowing businesses to meet their aspirations for improvement and expansion.

“However it is also vital that we do all that we can to protect our environment, that is why with today’s package of measures, I want to make clear that I will also be removing permitted development rights for oil and gas exploration. This is an important step and I believe the right one for our environment.

“I also want to encourage the growth of the electric vehicle market. It is therefore crucial that we make the process as simple as possible. These proposals will make it easier for the provision of recharging infrastructure by removing regulatory barriers thus helping Northern Ireland move towards low carbon motoring. This represents another step which helps underpin a green recovery.”

“I also want to see better coverage for mobiles and broadband. The expansion of permitted development for upgrades on masts and antennas will help the telecommunications industry improve its coverage and bring us closer to the other administrations in these islands. This is important as we adapt to a new and much more digital normal in the face of Covid–19.

“Further, I want to make it easier for owners of shops, and similar businesses to undertake small extensions to their property, including loading bays, to encourage expansion and innovation. These proposals strike an essential balance. They make it easier for business owners to make improvements, with safeguards to protect neighbours and ensure that development is of an appropriate scale and character.

“This package represents my commitment to protecting and growing our economy while greening our recovery, protecting our environment and turning the dial to strike a balance in our approach.”