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Northern Ireland round-up: Bank investment boosts rural social housing; Water clean-up

Words: Roger Milne

A round-up of planning news in Northern Ireland: 9 December-15 December, 2017

Bank investment boosts rural social housing 

Omagh-based social housing developer the Rural Housing Association is set to create 287 homes following a £13 million investment supported by Danske Bank.

The Planner

New buses displayed

The first of the new Glider vehicles went on public display this week, ahead of their introduction to service in September 2018 as part of the capital’s rejuvenated public transport system.

Belfast City Council

Water clean-up

NI Water has teamed up with Irish Water to deliver a major £4.7 million joint project to help boost the quality of services in the Lough Erne and Derg catchment areas, which provide the mains water that serves parts of counties Fermanagh, Tyrone, Donegal, Cavan, Leitrim, and Longford.

Belfast Telegraph

Church homes plan deferred

A decision on whether to give the green light to a church’s controversial £3 million plan to build 22 flats in an affluent area of south Belfast has been postponed.

Belfast Telegraph

Hearing request over Belfast office scheme

A property developer facing objections over the proposed demolition of a 19th century building to make way for a nine-storey office block in Belfast has requested a pre-decision hearing to discuss concerns about the scheme.

Belfast Telegraph

Bog, birds and butterfly project

A five-year EU-funded conservation project is set to preserve examples of blanket bog and improve habitats for birds and butterflies in Antrim and Fermanagh.

Belfast Telegraph

Congested Belfast

Belfast remains the UK's most congested city, costing the local economy an estimated £14 million, latest research suggests.

Belfast Telegraph