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Northern Ireland round-up: City council approves new transport hub for west Belfast; Ó Muilleoir announces £175m of funding allocation

Words: Roger Milne

A round-up of planning news in Northern Ireland: 11 June-17 June, 2016

City council approves new transport hub for west Belfast

Plans for the development of a new ‘town centre’ in the Collin area of Belfast have moved a step closer, with the granting of planning permission for the first stage of the scheme.

The Planner

Ó Muilleoir announces £175million of funding allocations

Finance minister Máirtín Ó Muilleoir has announced £175 million of funding allocations to departments in the June Monitoring Round. The funding includes an extra £28 million for infrastructure.

NI Department of Finance

Landmark Belfast pubs could be razed for apartment complex

Two landmark Belfast pubs could be demolished to make way for a 19-storey apartment complex in the once-thriving Sailortown area of the city.

Belfast Telegraph

How wind power can strike a big blow for Northern Ireland’s economy

Mark Ennis, the chairman of SSE Ireland, explains why wind turbines make environmental and economic sense for the Province.

Belfast Telegraph

Woodburn forest: Infrastrata’s drill operation ends without finding oil

Infrastrata’s controversial drilling operations at Woodburn forest near Carrickfergus in County Antrim have finished, apparently without hitting oil.

BBC News

Conservation order leads to major setback for Sirocco site development

The redevelopment and regeneration of the Sirocco site in east Belfast is facing a major setback because of archaeological issues involving the remains of a former glass factory.

Belfast Telegraph

Blueprint revealed that could 'put heart back into Carryduff'

Plans for a new shopping complex at Carryduff in Co Down have been unveiled.

Belfast Telegraph