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Northern Ireland round-up: Belfast Region City Deal partners ramp up negotiations; Newry relief road route move

Words: Roger Milne

A round-up of planning news in Northern Ireland: 29 September-5 October, 2018

Belfast Region City Deal partners ramp up negotiations

The Belfast Region City Deal partners have submitted their proposals to the Northern Ireland Secretary of State with the aim of securing £1 billion of investment from several sources.

The Planner

The Planner Careers Survey 2019

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The Planner

RTPI elects new fellows

The RTPI has announced that three new fellows have been elected to the institute.


Newry relief road route move

The Department for Infrastructure has announced the preferred route for the Newry Southern Relief Road, which aims to provide a strategic transport link from the A1 Belfast-Dublin transport corridor to the A2 Warrenpoint dual carriageway.  

Northern Ireland Executive

Go-ahead for Donaghadee homes

Proposals to build 390 new homes in Donaghadee have been given the go-ahead by Ards & North Down Borough Council.

Insider Media

Newtownards housing backed

A Belfast-based construction company's bid to build 187 new homes in Newtownards has been recommended for approval by planners at Ards and North Down Borough Council.

Belfast Telegraph

Cemetery clashes with Ulster Grand Prix circuit

Race bosses have welcomed a decision by Lisburn and Castlereagh City Council to refuse plans for a major cemetery beside the Ulster Grand Prix circuit at Dundrod.

Belfast Telegraph

Proposals for two apart-hotels in Belfast

Proposals for two new apart-hotels at locations outside Belfast city centre have been unveiled for the capital.

Belfast Telegraph

Dec backs Sperrins mining protests

Declan Donnelly, one half of television presenting duo Ant and Dec, has lent his support to a campaign to halt a controversial proposal for a gold mine in the Sperrins, an area of County Tyrone where Australian exploration company Walkabout Resources has told investors that it has identified 'numerous' potential target areas for drilling.

Belfast Telegraph and Irish Times

Glider wows Belfast bus passengers

Early figures from public transport company Translink show that around 30,000 more passengers are now making Glider their first choice for travel in the capital every week.

Belfast Telegraph

Casement Park redevelopment stalled

The multimillion-pound project to redevelop Casement Park will not proceed in the absence of ministers, Leo O'Reilly, the permanent secretary at the Department for Communities has confirmed.

BBC News

Action urged after Lurgan demolition

Angry residents in County Armagh are calling on the local council to take measures to reinstate a 19th century house near Lurgan that has been demolished.

Belfast Telegraph

Belfast listed building conversion scheme

London-based Castlebrooke Investment, the developer behind a bid to transform a listed building in Belfast at the corner of Garfield Street and North Street, has revealed how the scheme, which involves 24 flats and retail and café units, will look.

Belfast Telegraph