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Northern Ireland round-up: City of Derry Airport gets £7 million cash injection; A6 upgrade plan near Seamus Heaney home slammed as ‘desecration’

Words: Roger Milne

A round-up of planning news in Northern Ireland: 17 September-23 September, 2016

City of Derry Airport gets £7 million cash injection

Up to £7 million is to help development and growth around the City of Derry Airport.

The Planner

Call for entries to George Pepler award

The RTPI is calling for entries to the George Pepler International Award 2016.

The Planner

£45million investment will help build thriving neighbourhoods, say ministers

Junior ministers Alastair Ross and Megan Fearon have launched strategic frameworks for five areas set to benefit from the administration’s £45 million Urban Villages initiative.

The Executive Office

Final chance to cast your vote for RTPI vice-president

Candidates from across the UK have put themselves forward to be elected to the RTPI’s General Assembly and Board, including the chair of the board and vice-president roles. Members will need to vote before 30 September.

The Planner

£55m office block in Belfast given go-ahead despite fears

Proposals for a new £55 million office building in Belfast have been given the green light. The Lanyon Central development, which would sit beside Central Station in Belfast, was passed by the city's planning committee this week. It includes four new 14-storey and 10-storey office blocks.

Belfast Telegraph

Luxury Fitzwilliam Hotel seeks planning permission

The owners of Belfast’s luxury Fitzwilliam Hotel have applied for planning permission to extend the property adding 30 new rooms to the 130-room Great Victoria Street hotel, as well as a gym, a spa and a roof terrace.

Belfast Telegraph

Stephen Rea slams A6 upgrade plan near Seamus Heaney home as ‘desecration’

Leading Northern Ireland actor Stephen Rea has added his voice to those criticising the dualling of the A6 close to poet Seamus Heaney’s house through a landscape that inspired the late Nobel Laureate.

BBC News

NI greenways: 600-mile network could get Stormont green light

Proposals to establish a 600-mile network of uninterrupted pathway through Northern Ireland’s rural landscape look to be about to climb off the drawing board.

BBC News

Hazzard officially opens improved park-and-ride facilities in Ballymoney

Infrastructure minister Chris Hazzard has officially opened an improved park-and-ride facility in Ballymoney, County Antrim.

Department for Infrastructure