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Northern Ireland round-up: NI housebuilding activity goes up a gear, says report; Council review to decide on the future of Belfast Bikes

Words: Roger Milne

A round-up of planning news in Northern Ireland: 6 May-12 May, 2017

Report: NI housebuilding activity goes up a gear

The number of new homes under construction across Northern Ireland was up by more than 25 per cent towards the end of last year, suggest latest official figures.

The Planner

Revised practice notice published

The Department for Infrastructure has published a revised Development Plan Practice Note on the key requirements for soundness of local development plans. This supersedes the practice note of April 2015.

Planning Portal NI

Translink slammed for plan to ‘modernise’ Northern Ireland railway jewel

The lobby group that led a campaign to restore the currently derelict grade 2 Waterside Railway station in Derry to its former Victorian glory has objected to Translink’s plans to revamp the building's exterior.

Belfast Telegraph

Council review to decide on the future of Belfast Bikes

A city council committee has raised questions over the future of the Belfast Bikes scheme in some parts of the city, concluding that a review is needed before any further expansion of the scheme.

Belfast Telegraph

Alternative Belfast financing firm launches £30m green fund

A Belfast finance business that offers firms an alternative to bank lending is launching a new £30 million fund for green energy projects.

Belfast Telegraph

Invest NI offers £152m to ‘promote’ 6,000 jobs

Invest NI has claimed it helped to create 5,900 jobs in the past year and is aiming to add as many as 40,000 new posts over the next four years.

Belfast Telegraph