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Northern Ireland round-up: Belfast hotels planning spat; Filming bonanza

Words: Roger Milne

A round-up of planning news in Northern Ireland: 29 December 2018-4 January 2019

Belfast hotels planning spat

The chairman of Signature Living has threatened to pull the plug on his proposals for a multimillion-pound hotel development in the former Crumlin Road Courthouse if planning issues with Belfast City Council are not resolved.

The Planner

Filming bonanza

Northern Ireland celebrated a bumper 12 months last year as a filming location with the second series of the Channel 4 hit Derry Girls and the highly anticipated finale of Sky Atlantic’s Game of Thrones among the highlights.

Belfast Telegraph

Belfast clocks record Airbnb action

While 2018 may come to be known as the year of the hotel in Belfast, it has also been a record year for Airbnb in Northern Ireland.

Belfast Telegraph

St Columbanus tourism boost?

A near-2,000-mile pilgrimage by St Columbanus, a Bangor monk and Irish missionary, could become a recognised European cultural route from Ireland to modern-day Italy and trigger a tourism bonanza in the province, suggest campaigners from County Down.

Belfast Telegraph

Capital bar extension?

Premises that once housed the capital’s smallest bar in Belfast’s Church Lane will double in size and have a rooftop terrace if a planning application to extend into a neighbouring building is approved.

Belfast Telegraph

Red squirrels make a comeback

Red squirrels are reclaiming the Ards coastal peninsula after a major environmental drive to save the under-threat species.

Belfast Telegraph

Business offers to pay for study into harbour revamp stall

Business leaders in Kilkeel have said they are prepared to step in after a government department claimed it did not have the £350,000 needed for an environmental impact assessment required to unlock a stalled £35 million expansion plan for the County Down fishing town’s harbour.

Belfast Telegraph