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Northern Ireland round-up: New-look Belfast city centre study; Omagh mine blasting paused

Words: Roger Milne

A round-up of planning news in  Northern Ireland: 26 October-1 November, 2019

New-look Belfast city centre study

A study is under way to develop a shared vision for Belfast city centre and examine how it can be reimagined to meet the changing needs of users.

The Planner 

New-build starts fall in England, Wales and Northern Ireland

The number of new homes in England started in the second quarter of the year has fallen significantly by 10.5 per cent, according to latest figures.

The Planner

Omagh mine blasting paused

Galantas Gold Corporation has announced a temporary suspension of blasting operations at its open pit gold mine near Omagh because of difficulties with meeting the requirement that all blasting must be supervised by the police.

Insider Media

Capital’s George Best hotel pledge

The long-delayed George Best-themed hotel in Belfast could open in February next year even though planning and building control issues remain to be resolved, its owner has insisted.

Belfast Telegraph

Bus and train trips on the up

During 2018-19 bus passenger journeys increased  by 4 per cent while rail passenger trips rose by 6 per cent according to the latest edition of Northern Ireland Transport Statistics.

Northern Ireland Executive

Tree wrangle overshadows Tyrone hospital sale

The Western Health Trust is objecting to Fermanagh and Omagh District Council’s move to protect more than 60 trees located in the grounds of the former Tyrone County Hospital in Omagh, a move that the health body fears might affect the sale of the site and blight redevelopment prospects.

Ulster Herald