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Northern Ireland round-up: Belfast City Deal surfaces at Westminster; City council approves several schemes

Words: Roger Milne

A round-up of planning news in Northern Ireland: 12 November-18 November, 2016

Belfast City Deal surfaces at Westminster

A Belfast City Council delegation was in Westminster on 16 November to lobby for the devolution of key functions through a bespoke ‘city deal’ similar to those already agreed for UK mainland conurbations like Manchester and Glasgow.

The Planner

City council approves several schemes

Belfast City Council has approved a slew of schemes this week, including the construction of a 774-bed purpose-built managed student accommodation,  a new sports hall at Malone Integrated College, and the expansion of the Fitzwilliam Hotel.

Belfast City Council

£30m redevelopment plan for Junction One in Antrim

The owners of Junction One retail park are planning to invest £30 million redeveloping the site in Antrim with new shops, a new square and new food and drinks outlets.

BBC News

Oil giant Puma Energy snaps up Belfast’s former BP terminal in growth plan

International oil giant Puma Energy has bought a former BP fuel terminal in Belfast in a multimillion-pound deal.

Belfast Telegraph

Homelessness on the rise in Northern Ireland

Homelessness in Northern Ireland has risen by 6 per cent over the past three years, according to Crisis UK’s latest Homelessness Monitor.

Inside Housing

£100m health centre planned for King’s Hall in Belfast could treat 40,000 patients

More details have been revealed about the new healthcare facility planned for the King’s Hall development in south Belfast, which will also include a care home, hotel and leisure facilities.

Belfast Telegraph

Ministers make Maze Long Kesh available for new air ambulance service

The administration has announced that the Maze Long Kesh site will be made available to host the new air ambulance service for Northern Ireland.

Northern Ireland Executive