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Northern Ireland round-up: New hotel proposed for Ballymena; Latest population projections published

Words: Roger Milne

A round-up of planning news in Northern Ireland: 19 October-25 October, 2019

New hotel proposed for Ballymena

A new 65-room hotel has been proposed for Ballymena by Kilrea-based real estate company Chic Ltd.

The Planner

Bids open to research planning outcomes

The RTPI has issued an invitation to tender (ITT) for research that aims to identify the most important outcomes in spatial planning and feasible ways to measure them.

The Planner

Latest population projections published

The population of the province is expected to reach two million in the next 25 years, according to the latest figures compiled by the Northern Ireland Statistics and Research Agency. It highlights that the population aged 65 and over is projected to increase by 56 per cent between mid-2018 and mid-2043, while the population aged 85 and over is projected to increase by 106 per cent over the same period.

NI Statistics and Research Agency

New NW transport hub open for business

New enhanced passenger facilities and platforms opened this week at the new North-West Transport Hub in Derry, which is located at the former Waterside train station and benefited from EU investment of £27 million.

Belfast Telegraph

Newry and Mourne shopping and leisure survey

Newry, Mourne and Down District Council has commissioned a shopping and commercial leisure needs and capacity study from consultant Nexus Planning to feed into its emerging local development plan.

Newry, Mourne and Down District Council

‘Invisible’ County Down oak recognised

A Sessile Oak, known as ‘the Invisible Tree’ in County Down has been crowned Northern Ireland's Tree of the Year in a UK-wide contest organised by the Woodland Trust.

Belfast Telegraph

Archaeological guide reveals all

The Department for Communities’ Historic Environment Division has published a guide summarising some of the most significant archaeological discoveries in Northern Ireland between 2015 and 2018, following 800 licensed archaeological excavations that took place mainly as a requirement of the planning process.

Northern Ireland Executive

Report urges action on A5 motorway

Construction of the A5 motorway to connect Dublin and the border counties to Londonderry must be made a priority for the Irish and British governments, says a report on the impact of Brexit on the border area.

Belfast Telegraph

Belfast region growth deal panel gets down to business

The new Belfast Region City Deal Council Panel met for the first time this week to review progress as business cases are prepared for an ambitious programme of regional investment.

Belfast City Council