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Northern Ireland round-up: NI population growing and ageing; Vacant Newry business park

Words: Roger Milne

A round-up of planning news in Northern Ireland: 28 April-4 May, 2018

NI population growing and ageing

Northern Ireland’s population is expected to reach almost two million by 2026, with a steep rise in the number of people aged over 65, according to the latest data from the Northern Ireland Statistical Research Agency.

The Planner

Vacant Newry business park

A £17 million business park opened by Invest NI on the outskirts of Newry in 2013 has yet to attract a single tenant, it has emerged.

BBC News

Lisburn development

A multimillion-pound retail and housing development is set to transform a derelict site in Lisburn city centre with the revamp of a department store and the construction of 28 flats.

Belfast Telegraph

Poots family involved in conflict of interest complaint

The Green Party has lodged a complaint with the ombudsman, claiming there had been a conflict of interest in decisions on which former environment secretary Edwin Poots lobbied the Lisburn & Castlereagh City Council’s planning committee, which is chaired by his son Luke.

Belfast Telegraph