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Northern Ireland round-up: Minister argues for all-island green regulator; Belfast rapid transit system delay criticised

Words: Roger Milne

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

Minister argues for all-island green regulator

Environment minister Mark H Durkan has called for greater cross-border cooperation to protect and promote the environment including the creation of an All-Ireland environmental agency.

The Planner

Belfast rapid transit system: Delay criticised by SDLP

Another delay in developing a rapid transit system linking east and west Belfast has led to criticism.

BBC News

Dublin Airport set to invest £44m in upgrading runway

Northern Ireland’s airports could be set for yet more competition from the Republic as Dublin Airport is to spend an estimated £44 million on upgrading its existing runway and improving a number of other infrastructure elements.

Belfast Telegraph 

Hotel at Belfast City Quays site is a step closer

Work could soon start on a major hotel project in Belfast as part of the City Quays development now that a firm was appointed to begin landscaping the area.

Belfast Telegraph

Sowing seeds across the city for wildflowers

Belfast City Council plans to create a ‘City of Wildflowers’, bringing beautiful natural colour to a series of high-profile and local community sites across the city, transforming the environment and providing work opportunities for local people.

Belfast City Council