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Northern Ireland round-up: Environment minister pledges massive tree-planting drive; 300-home Dundonald development approved

Words: Roger Milne

A round-up of planning news in Northern Ireland: 29 February-6 March, 2020

Environment minister pledges massive tree-planting drive

Agriculture and environment minister Edwin Poots has announced a programme to plant 18 million trees over the next decade – 10 for every person in Northern Ireland.

The Planner

Urban dwellers ‘want more investment in cycling’

Residents of major urban areas in the UK want more investment in cycling and walking, according to a report spearheaded by national charity Sustrans.

The Planner

300-home Dundonald development approved

Lisburn & Castlereagh City Council has approved a development of nearly 300 new homes in Dundonald despite concerns the project would create a ‘rat run’ in a neighbouring estate.

Belfast Telegraph

Portadown hotel growth plan

The 34-bedroom Seagoe Hotel in Portadown, County Armagh, has applied for permission to build an extra 45 bedrooms.

Belfast Telegraph

Housing boost

A Northern Ireland housing association that provides accommodation and support services for homeless individuals and families is to invest £75 million to build 550 new homes in the Province.

Irish Times

Dungannon agri-hub approved

Mid-Ulster District Council has approved agriculture company Capper Trading’s proposals for a new £15 million hub providing 22,000 square metres of development outside Dungannon at Tamnamore, close to the M1 motorway junction.

Belfast Telegraph

Carrickfergus town centre makeover

Antrim Street and Lancasterian Street at the centre of Carrickfergus have benefited from a £660,000 makeover with the completion of a public realm project funded by the Department for Communities and Mid & East Antrim Borough Council. It involves new footways, lighting and street furniture.

Northern Ireland Executive

Hoaxers bang the drum for social housing

World-famous American hoaxers the Yes Men have gatecrashed two Belfast events to raise the issue of homelessness in the capital. They pretended that Castlebrooke Investments’ multimillion-pound Tribeca development was being cancelled and replaced with a so-called Sunflower Village providing 250 social homes.

Belfast Live

A5 dual carriageway inquiry

Stage 2 of the public inquiry into the A5 dual carriageway scheme is scheduled to start next week at the Strule Arts Centre, Omagh.

Planning Appeals Commission

Tunnel to Northern Ireland not bridge, says SoS

The UK Government is investigating the possibility of digging a tunnel between Scotland and Northern Ireland, the Scottish secretary Alister Jack has confirmed to MSPs.

BBC News