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Northern Ireland round-up: Belfast Harbour ramps up development prospects; UK house price growth hits seven-year low

Words: Roger Milne

A round-up of planning news in Northern Ireland: 14 September-20 September 2019

Belfast Harbour ramps up development prospects

Belfast Harbour’s latest five-year strategic plan confirms several key developments as part of a combined capital investment programme of just over £250 million.

The Planner 

UK house price growth hits seven-year low

UK house prices rose at the slowest annual rate in the year to July than at any time for the past seven years, according to latest government statistics.

The Planner

NI’s first-ever environment strategy shapes up

The public has been asked to help shape Northern Ireland’s first-ever environment strategy, which is being prepared by the Environment Agency. Chief executive David Small said “ambitious, inspiring and targeted actions” were needed.

Northern Ireland Executive

New-look planning figures published

The first set of planning statistics collected under the new-look Northern Ireland planning monitoring framework and covering 2018/19 have been published.

Northern Ireland Executive

Go-ahead for key capital developments

Key Belfast projects approved this week by the city council included proposals for a 175-bed aparthotel on Queen Street; a 15-storey purpose-built student accommodation block on land bounded by Little Victoria Street, Bruce Street and Holmes Street and the demolition of the existing Queen’s University students union building and its replacement with new premises.

Belfast City Council

Boost for Newry revamp

Newry, Mourne and Down District Council’s £20 million Newry city centre regeneration initiative has received a financial boost of £8 million from the Belfast Region City Deal. It will be used for additional public realm works to complement the council’s existing investment plans for a new civic hub and theatre/conference facilities as well as the provision of additional grade A office accommodation inside the city core.

Newry, Mourne and Down District Council

Antrim coast haven for red squirrels

Carnfunnock Country Park on the Antrim coast is to become a haven for red squirrels in a bid to boost numbers across Northern Ireland. 

Belfast Telegraph