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Northern Ireland round-up: Budget details; Department blocks NI tourist complex and solar farm

Words: Roger Milne

A round-up of planning news in Northern Ireland: 18 November-24 November, 2017

Autumn Budget 2017: More infrastructure spending for NI and commitment to Belfast City Deal

Northern Ireland will get an extra £540 million to spend on infrastructure over the next four years as a result of the Budget.

The Planner

Department blocks NI tourist complex and solar farm as it decides fate of five major schemes

Proposals for a major tourist development at Gublusk Bay in County Fermanagh involving a marina and a hotel and, separately, a solar power farm near Kells in County Antrim, have both been blocked by Department for Infrastructure officials.

The Planner

Brexit loses UK right to host European capital of culture 

The UK will not be allowed to host the European Capital of Culture as scheduled in 2023 as a result of it pursuing a hard Brexit.

The Planner

Local context critical to planning enforcement, national conference hears

Planning enforcement officers must have a strong understanding of the local context they are working in to be effective, a national conference has heard.


Planning ‘front and centre’ at Westminster reception

The government must provide resources and trust local authorities to build the houses this country needs, a government MP told a Westminster reception last night.


Consent for sand dredging at Lough Neagh

Five companies are to be allowed to keep dredging sand from Lough Neagh, but with conditions attached.

BBC News

County Tyrone wind farm wins appeal

Proposals for a ten-turbine wind farm earmarked for a site in County Tyrone have got the go-ahead on appeal.

Belfast Telegraph

Housing starts fall

Work started on 1,723 new homes in Northern Ireland in the third quarter of the year, a fall of 15 per cent on the same quarter last year, according to figures compiled by Land and Property Services.

Belfast Telegraph

University project delay

A £250 million building project by Ulster University in Belfast city centre is facing further delays.

Belfast Telegraph

Associations invest £300m in 1,600 new homes

Housing associations in Northern Ireland invested almost £300 million in the past 12 months, creating 1,600 homes, a report has shown.

Belfast Telegraph

Solar farm under way

NI Water has started work on developing a five-megawatt solar farm to supply electricity to its Dunore water treatment works in South Antrim.

NI Water

Ports business on the up

Northern Ireland's ports have seen a 5 per cent rise in the volume of goods passing through in the past year – up to 26.6 million tonnes.

Belfast Telegraph

Bid to save threatened Lough Foyle oysters

Proposals for four breeding ponds at an unused site at Muff, County Donegal, designed to enhance the population of the threatened Lough Foyle oyster have been submitted by the cross-border Loughs Agency.

BBC News

Casino consultation

Belfast City Council is carrying out a public consultation to gauge views on proposals for a major entertainment and casino complex in the capital.

Belfast Telegraph

Latest deprivation figures

Half of Northern Ireland’s 100 most deprived areas are in Belfast, new statistics have revealed.

Belfast Telegraph