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Northern Ireland round-up: Controversial Co Antrim waste plant opposed, £4.5m sewage infrastructure improvements

Words: Roger Milne

A round-up of planning news in Northern Ireland: 25 October-31 October, 2014

By 2033 a quarter of people in Province will be over 65

The number of older people in Northern Ireland is rising so steadily that it is expected to overtake that of children by 2027, according to a new report.

The Planner 

Recycling in Northern Ireland overtakes landfill

Northern Ireland has finally "turned the corner" and is recycling and composting more waste than it buries in landfill.

Belfast Telegraph 

Controversial £250m plant opposed from outset

Proposals for a £250 million project designed to handle waste from 11 Northern Ireland local authorities, including Belfast City Council, are facing mounting local opposition. The Mallusk scheme, earmarked for a quarry site near Newtownabbey, County Antrim, would involve both an energy-from-waste plant and a mechanical biological treatment facility.

Belfast Telegraph 

Time called on Belfast's Orpheus 'ballroom of romance'

Belfast city centre's last 'ballroom of romance' is about to disappear now that the 1932 art deco Orpheus building on York Street is set to be demolished as part of a £250 million redevelopment, The project is masterminded by its current owner, the University of Ulster.

BBC News 

Kennedy calls start on £4.5m sewerage infrastructure improvement works in the Holywood/Kinnegar area

Danny Kennedy, Minister for Regional Development, has announced that a £4.5 million sewerage infrastructure improvement project is now underway in the Holywood/Kinnegar area. Work on the NI Water project is expected tp be completed by March 2016.

Northern Ireland Executive