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03/08/2018

Northern Ireland round-up: Ammonia pollution poses pig farm development problems; Green light for Derry retirement project

Words: Roger Milne

A round-up of planning news in Northern Ireland: 28 July-3 August, 2018

Ammonia pollution poses pig farm development problems

Northern Ireland’s Department of Agriculture, Environment and Rural Affairs has confirmed to The Planner that it is considering a moratorium on new intensive pig and poultry farms above a certain size in a bid to limit ammonia emissions.

The Planner

Green light for Derry retirement project

Derry City and Strabane District Council has given outline planning permission for a major retirement complex on the former Thornhill College site on Londonderry's Culmore Road. It involves a 65-bed care home and 68 semi-independent living units.

Belfast Telegraph

Foster urges decision-making intervention

DUP leader Arlene Foster has called on the UK Government to end the decision-making ‘limbo’ in Northern Ireland after officials said they would not challenge an Appeal Court ruling seriously limiting their powers that held that civil servants in the Department for Infrastructure were not in a position to determine a £240 million waste management scheme at Hightown Quarry in the absence of ministers.

Belfast Telegraph

Belfast bank redevelopment

Plans have been submitted for the demolition of a vacant bank on an arterial route into Belfast to make way for a mixed-use scheme featuring residential, retail and leisure space.

Insider Media

Capital bike-hire thefts

Nearly 100 hire bikes in Belfast have been stolen since the city council launched the scheme three years ago, the BBC has reported.

Belfast Telegraph

Police find no evidence of Poots harassment

A police investigation has uncovered no evidence to support an allegation of harassment made by DUP councillor Luke Poots against a BBC journalist who published a report that raised questions over a planning application relating to land Poots owns on the Comber Road in Hillsborough.

Belfast Telegraph

Belfast bus lane extensions

Work is due to start next week to extend the hard shoulder bus lanes along the M1 and M2 motorways.

Northern Ireland Executive

Country’s top tourist traps

Belfast, the north coast and the Mournes accounted for the bulk of the five million overnight trips in Northern Ireland last year, data has shown.

Belfast Telegraph

Broadband scheme concern

A £150 million broadband scheme to help Northern Ireland become the UK's most connected nation could be stalled owing to the absence of a devolved government, it has emerged.

Belfast Telegraph

Hillsborough listed building conversion proposal

The new owners of a 19th century listed building in the centre of Hillsborough have unveiled a £1 million plan to convert it into a 15-bedroom guest house with a street-level coffee shop.

Belfast Telegraph

Dale Farm goes solar

Dairy giant Dale Farm has launched a huge solar power plant at its cheese-making facility at Dunmanbridge in County Tyrone.

Belfast Telegraph

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