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Northern Ireland round-up: Public transport surge hits the spot in Northern Ireland; Fibre broadband boost

Words: Roger Milne

A round-up of planning news in Northern Ireland: 25 May-31 May, 2019

Public transport surge hits the spot in Northern Ireland

Latest figures indicate that public transport is enjoying a resurgence, with more than 84.5 million journeys made on Translink’s services last year – the highest number in over 20 years.

The Planner

Framework published to guide cities

The Urban Technology Framework has identified 12 current trends that will shape hubs and help developers and architects to deliver future cities.

The Planner

Fibre broadband boost

The 10 local councils outside the capital have welcomed a £15 million funding package from the UK Government to boost fibre broadband availability across Northern Ireland. It will be used to deliver full fibre to approximately 880 public sector sites by March 2021.

Causeway Coast & Glens Borough Council

Go-ahead for Larne boutique hotel

A consortium has been given permission by Mid and East Antrim Council to turn two former pubs in the centre of Larne on the seaside town’s High Street into a 24-bedroom boutique hotel.

Belfast Telegraph

Newtownabbey urban sports park approved

Antrim and Newtownabbey Borough Council has given the go-ahead for an urban sports park, Ireland’s biggest, which will be located at Newtownabbey’s Valley Leisure Centre.

Antrim and Newtownabbey Borough Council

Planning fees increased for first time in 5 years

The Department for Infrastructure has announced that all planning fees will be increased by around 2 per cent from 17 June, the first increase in charges for five years.

Northern Ireland Executive

Lisburn flood scheme completed

A £1 million flood alleviation scheme in Lisburn has been completed which is designed to reduce the risk of flooding to three commercial properties as well as safguarding the main Belfast to Dublin railway line.

Northern Ireland Executive