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07/10/2016

Northern Ireland round-up: Department for Infrastructure considers backlog of big plans; Loughs Agency records big rise in NI river pollution incidents

Words: Roger Milne

A round-up of planning news in Northern Ireland: 1 October - 7 October, 2016

Department for Infrastructure considers backlog of big plans

Major planning applications dating back more than a decade have still not been determined, according to an investigation by the Belfast Telegraph.

The Planner

Loughs Agency records big rise in NI river pollution incidents

There has been a big rise in pollution in Northern Ireland rivers monitored by the Loughs Agency.

BBC News

Northern Ireland ghost estate bought for £2.3m by housing association

One of Northern Ireland's ghost estates has been finished and sold for £2.3 million almost 10 years after the property market crash, developers have announced. 

Belfast Telegraph

Expansion of The Quays shopping centre in Co Down creates 500 posts

A £20 million expansion of Co Down shopping centre The Quays has begun.

Belfast Telegraph

Public urged to have their say on local development plan

Derry City and Strabane District Council has begun preliminary consultation on the local authority’s first-ever local development plan.

Derry City and Strabane District Council

Givan and Ó Muilleoir respond to ONS decision to reclassify NI housing associations

Ministers have announced they will seek a reversal of the decision by the Office for National Statistics to reclassify Northern Ireland’s Housing Associations as public bodies. That move will make it harder for the associations to finance new housing.

Department for Communities

Innovation Factory opens for start-up businesses in west Belfast

A building that will provide workspace for about 100 start-up businesses in west Belfast has officially opened. The Innovation Factory has been built on the site of the former Mackies engineering works on Springfield Road.

BBC News

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