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Northern Ireland round-up: Ambitious Game of Thrones tourist attraction proposals unveiled; UK Government calls for increased protection of world’s oceans

Words: Roger Milne

A round-up of planning news in Northern Ireland: 22 September-28 September, 2018

Ambitious Game of Thrones tourist attraction proposals unveiled

HBO, the US television network behind Game of Thrones, has unveiled ambitious proposals to celebrate the show's legacy by converting some of the film locations used across Northern Ireland into tourist attractions.

The Planner 

UK Government calls for increased protection of world’s oceans

Environment secretary Michael Gove has appealed for 30 per cent of the world’s oceans to be protected by 2030, a 20 per cent increase on the area currently protected.

The Planner 

RTPI to live-stream event at Conservative conference

The RTPI is co-hosting an event at the Conservative Party Conference on attracting new people into the built environment profession.

The Planner 

Effective engagement webinar available on demand
The Planner – in association with the developers of the community engagement platform Commonplace – has hosted a debate on the best ways that planners can manage truly effective consultation processes in a free webinar.

The Planner 

Green light recommended for 200 Newry homes

Proposals by marine fit-out giant MJM Group to build 200 new homes in Newry was set to be approved by the planning authority following a recommendation for approval by officials. 

Belfast Telegraph 

Dungannon agri-hub proposal

A County Tyrone transport and logistics firm has proposed a 22, 000 square metre agri-development hub at its headquarters off the M1 near Dungannon.

Belfast Telegraph

Ageing statistics

Over the past decade the province’s population aged 85 and over has increased by 33 per cent, which is five times faster than the rest of the population, according to statistics published this week by the Northern Ireland Statistics & Research Agency. 


Foyle Port Brexit optimism

The chief executive of Foyle Port has said Brexit could present the north-west transport hub with opportunities as the Londonderry Port and Harbour Commissioners reported a record turnover for the last financial year. 

Belfast Telegraph

New A6 dual carriageway ‘will massively boost productivity’

The first sod was cut this week for the £220 million Dungiven to Drumahoe section of the A6 dualling scheme, which will provide a bypass for the former.

Belfast Telegraph

Water quality concerns

Environmentalists are calling for a major policy rethink after statistics revealed the quality of water in rivers, lakes and coastal areas is overall flatlining or getting worse.

Belfast Telegraph