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Northern Ireland round-up: Councils flex new economic development powers; £55 million A26 Frosses Road dualling scheme opens

Words: Roger Milne

A round-up of planning news in Northern Ireland: 10 June-16 June, 2017

Biomedical research lab wins RTPI award

The Francis Crick Institute has won the RTPI’s Silver Jubilee Cup at the institute’s 2017 Awards for Planning Excellence.

The Planner

Northern Irish councils flex new economic development powers

Local authorities in Northern Ireland have assumed responsibility for key economic development powers from central government, including the transfer of responsibility for the NI Business Start Up Programme (NIBSUP), formerly managed by Invest NI.

The Planner

£55 million A26 Frosses Road dualling scheme opens

The new £55 million A26 Frosses 8-kilometre dual carriageway from Glarryford to A44 Drones opened this week.

Department for Infrastructure

NI greenhouse gas inventory statistical bulletin released

The latest government statistics suggest that there was a slight increase in emissions of greenhouse gases during 2015, up by 0.6 per cent on the previous year.

Department of Agriculture, Environment and Rural Affairs

Belfast building to become George Best-themed hotel

The location of a new George Best-themed hotel for Belfast will be the former Scottish Mutual building in the city, developer Lawrence Kenwright has confirmed.

Belfast Telegraph

Electricity consumption and renewable generation

During the 12-month period to March 2017, just over 27 per cent of total electricity consumption in Northern Ireland was generated from renewable sources (chiefly wind) located in Northern Ireland, an increase of 1.6 percentage points on the previous year.

Department for the Economy

Northern Ireland high street footfall pulling ahead of UK as a whole

High streets and shopping centres across Northern Ireland have seen a surge of 2.3 per cent in consumers and outpaced other UK regions, according to the latest figures from the Northern Ireland Retail Consortium.

Belfast Telegraph

Protecting Rathlin Island’s historic environment 

Three lighthouse complexes on Rathlin Island, the earliest dating from 1856, have been designated as listed buildings by the Department for Communities.

Department for Communities

Belfast invites proposals for city investment fund

An £18.77 million City Centre Investment Fund has been opened by Belfast City Council to encourage high-quality office developments in the capital.

Belfast City Council