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Northern Ireland round-up: Durkan proposes four new marine protection areas; Planning permission granted for fourth new Belfast hotel

Words: Roger Milne

A round-up of planning news in Northern Ireland: 12 December-18 December, 2015


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Durkan proposes four new marine protection areas

Northern Ireland environment minister Mark H Durkan has proposed new protected marine areas to conserve important habitats and species, including one of the slowest-growing shellfish in the world.

The Planner

Planning permission granted for fourth new Belfast hotel

Belfast City Council has approved the conversion of an office block in the city centre to create another new hotel complex.

Belfast City Council

£30m Bushmills expansion plan will boost brand, jobs and tourism

The owner of the Bushmills distillery has lodged proposals for a £30 million expansion of the facility.

Belfast Telegraph

Northern Ireland not cashing in on rich heritage, says environment minister Mark H Durkan

The exploitation of Northern Ireland’s heritage should be creating three times the income and twice the number of jobs it currently is, according to environment minister Mark H Durkan.

Belfast Telegraph

Proposed £150m Sperrins wind farm moves a step closer

Power company SSE Renewables has published the environmental statement for its proposed 36-turbine wind farm, earmarked for a site in the Sperrins. If built, it would be the province’s biggest wind farm.

Belfast Telegraph

Foster delivers balanced budget for 2016/17

Stormont ministers have given the green light to funding for a number of major projects including the A6 road north of Randalstown, the long-delayed A5 Londonderry to Enniskillen trunk road, the planned Mother and Children's Hospital, the regional stadiums programme, and the Belfast Rapid Transit scheme as the Northern Ireland Executive announced a politically contentious budget.

Northern Ireland Executive