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Northern Ireland round-up: Appeal agency highlights reduction in overdue cases; Plans revealed for NI events space

Words: Roger Milne

A round-up of planning news in Northern Ireland: 19 August-25 August, 2017

NI appeal agency highlights reduction in overdue cases

The latest annual report of the Northern Ireland Planning Appeals Commission has highlighted a reduction in the number of cases in the system for a long time, as well as the streamlining of the allocations process and the operation in full of a new case management system.

The Planner

Plans revealed for NI events space

One of Northern Ireland's largest events spaces is set to almost double in size after plans for a second pavilion were unveiled for the Eikon Exhibition Centre at Lisburn’s Balmoral Park.

Insider Media

Craigavon set for £30m leisure centre

Proposals for a state-of-the-art £30 million leisure centre in Craigavon have been submitted by Armagh City Banbridge & Craigavon Borough Council, earmarked for the site of the existing Watersports Centre.

Insider Media

Call for Stormont to approve North-South interconnector plan

Business body CBI Northern Ireland has called for “urgent clarity” and for plans to be approved for the northern side of the North South Interconnector project following an Irish High Court ruling backing the southern section of the scheme.

Belfast Telegraph

NI has more than 407,000 visitors in first quarter of 2017

Northern Ireland welcomed more than 407,000 overseas visitors in the first quarter of 2017, an 8 per cent rise on the same period in 2016, new figures have shown.

Belfast Telegraph

Belfast Bikes fitted with anti-theft tracking devices

Tracking devices are being installed on Belfast Bikes to try to stop them being stolen and to improve cycling safety.

BBC News

Carbon intensity indicators 2017 published

The Statistics and Analytical Services Branch of the Department of Agriculture, Environment and Rural Affairs has published data on carbon intensity, which show a nearly 30 per cent decrease of greenhouse gas emissions per capita in the period 1990 to 2015.

Department of Agriculture, Environment and Rural Affairs