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Northern Ireland round-up: Major new deal promises 1,000 new homes; Kilkeel harbour investment

Words: Roger Milne

A round-up of planning news in Northern Ireland: 3 March-9 March, 2018

Major new deal promises 1,000 new homes

Fraser Homes, one of Northern Ireland’s long-established housebuilders, is to build up to 1,000 new homes at various sites around the province after agreeing a deal with Gardrum Holdings Ltd, part of the NI-owned EuroAuctions group.

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International Women’s Day 2018

Each year The Planner marks International Women’s Day with an update to our (increasingly popular) Women of Influence list and a variety of articles that discuss gender in planning and highlight the achievements of women in planning. 2018 is no different.

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Report: Safety fears tend to forestall women’s journeys in cities

Walking and cycling charity Sustrans has called for equal representation in transport planning and delivery to help address the low number of women who travel actively in the UK.

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RenewableUK vows to have 30% women speakers at events

On International Women’s Day, the trade body for wind, wave and tidal energy industries RenewableUK has pledged to ensure that at least 30 per cent of the speakers, panellists and chairs at its events are women.

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Kilkeel harbour investment

A London-based international fishing company has announced its intention to invest in Kilkeel harbour, adding an estimated £35 million to the port’s turnover.

Belfast Telegraph

Sperrin mining finds

Australian mining company Walkabout Resources has claimed it made some ‘very exciting’ discoveries while searching for gold and other precious metals in Slieve Gallion in County Tyrone.

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Belfast cruise ship boost

Some 117 ships bringing 200,000 visitors to Northern Ireland are expected to sail into Belfast Harbour this year, according to the latest figures, which highlight that 25 per cent more ships are booked to dock in the city compared with last year.

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Belfast student accommodation fears

Millions of pounds of investment in student accommodation in Belfast city centre is at risk as the future of the new £250 million Ulster University site remains in the balance, reports the Belfast Telegraph.

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Travellers warning

The nomadic life of travellers is being eroded by state housing policies in Northern Ireland, warns the NI Human Rights Commission.

Belfast Telegraph

Budget decision boosts infrastructure spend by £200m

The UK Government has tabled a budget for Northern Ireland in the ongoing absence of a devolved administration that will mean an extra £200 million for infrastructure expenditure.

Belfast Telegraph