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11/12/2015

Northern Ireland: Durkan under fire after development site near Strabane floods; Interconnection critical for security of supply, says minister

Words: Roger Milne

A round-up of planning news in Northern Ireland: 4 December-11 December, 2015

Durkan under fire after development site near Strabane floods

Environment minister Mark H Durkan faced criticism this week for his decision to allow a £50 million retail development near Strabane, after the planned site was left under two feet of water by Storm Desmond.

The Planner

Interconnection critical for security of supply, says minister

Trade minister Jonathan Bell has met with the System Operator for Northern Ireland (SONI) to discuss plans for the North South Interconnector.

Northern Ireland Executive 

Developers studying row of terraced houses around the corner from Queen’s

A row of terraced houses in the sought-after south Belfast Botanic Avenue area is on the market. The site formerly had planning permission for two retail units and 23 flats.

Belfast Telegraph 

Improvement in air quality

The 2014 Northern Ireland Air Quality Monitoring summary report has shown a generally good state of air quality in Northern Ireland except for some monitoring sites near main roads.

Northern Ireland Executive

Bell welcomes licence extension for taking gas to east Down

Phoenix Natural gas has been sanctioned by the energy regulator to distribute gas for the first time to 25,000 homes and 2,0000 businesses in 13 further towns including Hillsborough, Ballynahinch, Spa, Downpatrick, Crossgar, Saintfield, Drumaness, Annahilt, Ballygowan, Castlewellan, Dromore, Newcastle and Dundrum.

Northern Ireland Executive

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