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Northern Ireland round-up: DARD HQ unveiled, Belfast bikes launched

Words: Roger Milne

A round-up of planning news in Northern Ireland: 25 April - 1 May, 2015

DARD HQ unveiled as Civil Service decentralises

Northern Ireland's rural development minister Michelle O'Neill has revealed details of the proposed new headquarters for the Department of Agriculture and Rural Development at Ballykelly in Co Londonderry.

The Planner

Belfast Bikes: The highs and lows of day one on the bike-share scheme launch

Belfast's bike share scheme has finally launched with around 1,500 residents signed-up to take advantage of the initiative which initially provides 300 bikes for hire.

Belfast Telegraph

OAPs living in squalor as DoE reneges on plans to fix storm-hit listed cottage

Environment Minister Mark H Durkan has been accused of letting down an elderly family needing help to fix their 300-year-old Grade B Listed cottage.

Belfast Telegraph

£72m 'wasted' on Northern Ireland's biggest ever roads project

The cost of Northern Ireland's biggest ever roads project – the A5 Western Transport Corridor - has hit £70 million - despite being stalled for eight years.

Belfast Telegraph

Belfast area described as 'hopeless' by Rihanna set to blossom

An area of north Belfast dubbed a ‘concrete jungle’" is set for a wildflower makeover this summer expected to kick-start follow-on schemes.

Belfast Telegraph