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Northern Ireland round-up: Boost for Ballymena jobs in prospect; Green light for bigger Banbridge quarry

Words: Roger Milne

A round-up of planning news in Northern Ireland: 11 July-17 July, 2020

Boost for Ballymena jobs in prospect

Four investors have signalled interest in developing a 16-hectare site, formerly owned by Wrightbus, which has been transferred to the people of Ballymena via the local authority, Mid & East Antrim Borough Council.

The Planner

Capital’s empty properties

Belfast recorded Northern Ireland’s largest vacancy rate for non-residential properties in major cities and towns, with 33 per cent of buildings, mainly shops, unoccupied, according to figures revealed by communities minister Caral Ni Chuilin in response to a Stormont question from the DUP's Mervyn Storey.

Belfast Telegraph

Banging the drum for hydrogen initiatives

Economy minister Diane Dodds has claimed that Northern Ireland has the potential to become a centre of excellence for the "hydrogen economy”, with local manufacture of electrolysers, hydrogen fuel and hydrogen-fuelled vehicles as a result, partly, of being in a position to use renewable electricity to produce green hydrogen. 

Northern Ireland Executive

Green light for bigger Banbridge quarry 

Proposals to expand  the Tullyraine Quarry in Banbridge by nearly two hectares have been given the green light by Armagh City, Banbridge and Craigavon Borough Council.

Irish News

Derry skateboarding moves

Mayor of Derry City and Strabane District Council, councillor Brian Tierney, has met members of the local skateboarding community to hear more about their ambitions for a regional skate park facility in the city.

Derry City & Strabane District Council

Belfast George Best Hotel latest 

Administrators for the company that owns the George Best Hotel in Belfast are seeking advice on whether a project involving the conversion of the listed Scottish Mutual Building can be completed and opened.

Belfast Telegraph