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Northern Ireland round-up: Power company takes over roll-out of electric car charging network, pig farm opposition escalates with online petition

Words: Roger Milne

A round-up of planning news in Northern Ireland: 25 July - 31 July, 2015

Power company takes over roll-out of electric car charging network

Responsibility for the operation, maintenance and development of the charge point network for electric vehicles users in Northern Ireland has transferred to the Electricity Supply Board (ESB). 

The Planner

Pig farm opposition escalates with online petition

A row over proposals for a major pig farm at Limavady has escalated with 2,000 people lending their support through an online petition. 

The Planner

Tenants to outnumber homeowners in Northern Ireland

People in rented accommodation in Northern Ireland may outnumber owner-occupiers by 2025, according to research from PwC UK in its latest economic outlook.

Belfast Telegraph

Record number of parks with Green Flags: Durkan

A total of 43 of Northern Ireland’s public parks, country parks, cemeteries and green spaces have met the high standards demanded by the Green Flag Award, an increase of 23 per cent on last year.

Northern Ireland Executive

O’Neill allocates £1million for rural communities

Rural development Minister Michelle O’Neill is to allocate £1.025million to rural support networks to help tackle rural poverty and social isolation.

Northern Ireland

Minecraft Northern Ireland a virtual reality: Foster

Finance minister Arlene Foster has launched a Minecraft NI map – a move which means that for the first time the game can be played in a 3D virtual map of Northern Ireland.

Northern Ireland Executive

Dog fun park planned at animal sanctuary saved by fundraising campaign

A fun park for dogs has been proposed for an animal sanctuary that was on the brink of closure three months ago.

Belfast Telegraph

Row over planning refusal for Belfast airport car-park

The Environment Minister has been accused of being "grossly out of touch" with what the public wants by a businessman whose car park near Belfast City Airport was shut down.

Belfast Telegraph