The Northern Ireland Independent Retail Trade Association (NIIRTA) has published its detailed response to the consultation on the new draft Single Planning Policy Statement. 

Environment Minister Mark H Durkan today refused four retail applications in Magherafelt. 

 All four applications are located out of town and include proposals for large foodstores. Locations for the proposed developments are the Moneymore Road, Castledawson Road, Thornhill Avenue and Ballyronan Road.

The Northern Ireland Independent Retail Trade Association (NIIRTA) has welcomed todays decision by DOE Minister Mark Durkan to reject all four out of town superstores in Magherafelt. 

A NIIRTA delegation met with Minister Durkan this afternoon to discuss the new draft Town Centre First Single Planning Policy statement and the process of transferring Planning to the eleven super-councils.

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Dear stakeholder

You (or your organisation) have previously responded to consultations undertaken by this Department on the issue of small business rate relief or matters related to it. 

I am writing to inform you that the Department has today launched a public consultation on Small Business Rate Relief.  The evaluation work is being undertaken by the Northern Ireland Centre for Economic Policy (NICEP) at the University of Ulster.  A consultation paper can be found at the attached link on the Rating Policy website: 

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The Northern Ireland Independent Retail Trade Association (NIIRTA) has warmly welcomed the announcement by the DRD Minister Danny Kennedy that he is to extend the 5 hours for £1 Christmas scheme for a six month pilot, covering 93 Car Parks in 25 towns. 

NIIRTA Chief Executive Glyn Roberts said:

The Northern Ireland Independent Retail Trade Association (NIIRTA) has organised a twenty-two Town & City Centre tour throughout the month of April to promote its Local Government manifesto Local First and to urge the local business community to be aware of the radical changes to the Councils. 

Environment Minister Mark H Durkan is reviewing the law to help councils deal with properties that become a blight on the landscape. 

The business community needs to waken up to the challenges of the new eleven super-councils - that was the message from the Northern Ireland Independent Retail Trade Association (NIIRTA) as it launched its manifesto Local First, for the Local Government Elections at the MAC this morning.