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Northern Ireland round-up: Go-ahead for key power line project; Shankhill Road Mission conversion scheme announced

Words: Roger Milne

A round-up of planning news in Northern Ireland: 20 January-26 January, 2018

Go-ahead for key power line project

Officials at Northern Ireland’s Department for Infrastructure have cleared the way for a major all-Ireland infrastructure project – the North-South Interconnector – to start climbing off the drawing board with the approval of the Northern half.

The Planner

Shankhill Road Mission conversion scheme

The Argyle Business Centre has announced proposals to convert the historically important Shankill Road Mission building in Belfast into a 55-room hotel.

The Irish News

West Belfast Asda expansion plan

Supermarket giant Asda is hoping to extend its west Belfast superstore in a move that will allow it to cater for more online shoppers.

Belfast Telegraph

Bridge from NI to Scotland mooted

One of Scotland’s leading architects has claimed that a combined road and rail crossing between Portpatrick in Dumfries and Galloway and Larne in Northern Ireland could create a ‘Celtic powerhouse’, costing a fraction of the one recently proposed by Boris Johnson between England and France.

BBC News

Kilroot power plant at Carrickfergus to close

Power company AES UK & Ireland has announced it is set close its Kilroot coal and oil-fired power plant at Carrickfergus, with the loss of up to 400 jobs.

Belfast Telegraph

New home starts up by 7 per cent

There was a 7 per cent increase in new home starts in Northern Ireland during 2017, according to the latest figures from the National House Building Council.

Belfast Telegraph