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Northern Ireland round-up: City and growth deals make waves; Westminster backs emergency legislation

Words: Roger Milne

A round-up of planning news in Northern Ireland: 27 October-2 November 2018

Budget 2018: City and growth deals make waves 

Belfast Region City Deal partners have welcomed news of £350 million investment from the UK Treasury as one of the elements of this week’s Budget.

The Planner

Westminster backs emergency legislation

The UK Parliament has approved the emergency legislation that gives civil servants greater clarity over what decisions they can take in the absence of ministers at Stormont.

Belfast Telegraph

Coalisland Superbike race track project hits roadblock

A planning issue remains a block on the release of funds for the construction of a world-class Superbike race track at Coalisland in County Tyrone, the crisis-hit developer – now in administration – has claimed.

Belfast Telegraph

Primark planning move

Belfast City Council has approved listed building consent to allow the repair of the fire-damaged Primark building in the city centre as the UK government announces £2 million assistance for businesses and residents affected by the blaze.

Belfast City Council

Lisburn hotel proposal

The owners of Belfast's Merchant hotel are proposing to develop a 52-bedroom hotel in Lisburn, County Antrim, by converting former offices in the city centre.

BBC News

Sprucefield Park revamp still in prospect

Shopping centre giant Intu, the owner of Sprucefield Park, has confirmed its proposed £50 million refurbishment of its Lisburn site will go ahead, subject to planning approval, despite the prospect of the company’s takeover.

Belfast Telegraph

Portrush tourist project unveiled

A Belfast hotelier has submitted plans to restore and refurbish the listed former Northern Bank building in Portrush into serviced apartments with a cafe bar.

Belfast Telegraph

New homes registrations surge

Northern Ireland has reported close to an 80 per cent increase on last year of new home registrations in quarter three, the biggest year-on-year jump in a decade.

Belfast Telegraph

Pig farm objections filmed

Environmentalists have launched a campaign – which includes a film – objecting to large-scale pig farms in the Province.

BBC News