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Northern Ireland round-up: Planners back Allstate's Belfast office building plan; 100,000 journeys made on Belfast Bikes

Words: Roger Milne

A round-up of planning news in Northern Ireland: 10-16 October, 2015

Pioneering Antrim energy project wins EU backing

An ambitious project to store compressed air in huge caverns created under the County Antrim coastline has been given a significant EU grant of €6.5 million.

The Planner

Planners back Allstate's Belfast office building plan

Planners have recommended that the US company Allstate should be allowed to develop a new office building close to Central Station in Belfast.

BBC News

Plenty of room at the Crosskeys Inn as bedroom extension approved

Visitors to one of Ireland's most historic pubs will soon be able to stay to make the most of its unique atmosphere now that Mid & East Antrim Council has approved an extension to the listed Crosskeys Inn near Toome in County Antrim.

Belfast Telegraph

100,000 journeys made on Belfast Bikes already

The Belfast Bike scheme has now clocked up more than 100,000 journeys.

Belfast Telegraph

Planners recommend rejecting QUB plan

Planners have recommended that a controversial student housing plan for the Malone Road area of south Belfast should not go ahead.

BBC News

Dublin Airport hits new heights thanks to Northern Ireland passengers

The management teams at Belfast International and George Best Belfast City Airports have used the latest figures indicating soaring passenger numbers at Dublin Airport to call for more support from the Northern Ireland Executive for the province’s airports.

Belfast Telegraph

Call centre jobs set to stop drain of young talent from Northern Ireland

Fermanagh's biggest job announcement in 12 years - some 800 new jobs over the next three years at call centre Teleperformance in Enniskillen - could stop a generation of talented young people from the county moving east in search of work, it has been claimed.

Belfast Telegraph