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Northern Ireland round-up: £47m canal scheme makes headway; report recommends M1 and M2 hard shoulders be used to ease congestion

Words: Roger Milne

A round-up of planning news in Northern Ireland: 29 August-4 September, 2015

£47m canal scheme makes headway in Northern Ireland

An ambitious £46 million plan to reopen the historic canal from Belfast to Lisburn appears to be making headway after years of inaction.

The Planner 

Turn M1 and M2 hard shoulders into traffic lanes to ease congestion, says report

Hard shoulders on parts of motorways should be turned into carriageways to ease traffic congestion, according to an engineering consultancy’s report on Northern Ireland’s roads. The consultants estimate the project could cost between £60 million to £70 million if adopted.

BBC News

Council announces further commitment to capital investment

Derry City and Strabane District Council has announced its latest capital investment programme which totals some £20 million and will include the redevelopment of the Brandywell Stadium, the Melvin 3G pitch, and the delivery of a number of new community play parks across Derry and Strabane.

Derry City and Strabane District Council 

Junction One and The Outlet: Major retail centres placed on market

Two major out-of-town retail centres that struggled in the economic downturn have been placed on the market.

BBC News

Woodburn Reservoir: Belfast City Council to contact ministers over oil firm's drill plan

Belfast City Council has decided to write to two executive ministers – including environment minister Mark H Durkan - asking them to overturn permission for an oil company to drill close to a County Antrim reservoir that supplies some Belfast residents.

BBC News

District council defer Ballynakelly waste digestion plant proposal

Councilors are due to decide contentious plans for a commercial waste digestion and power plant that objectors claim would be too close to homes in the small County Tyrone village of Ballynakelly, near Coalisland.

BBC News

Recordings of Belfast City Council committees to go online

Belfast City Council has taken a step towards greater transparency after voting to put recordings of all its five committee meetings, which include planning, on its website.

Belfast Telegraph