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Northern Ireland round-up: Significant increase in new housing activity; £18m City Quays car park 'to create 100 construction jobs'

Words: Roger Milne

A round-up of planning news in Northern Ireland: 12 August-18 August, 2017

Significant increase in new housing activity

Work began on more than 1,800 new houses in Northern Ireland in the first quarter of 2017, an increase of 16 per cent on the figures for the same period last year, according to the latest official figures.

The Planner

Ballykinler Army base to become GAA training centre

A major Gaelic Athletic Association (GAA) training centre is to be built on the site of a former MoD army barracks in Ballykinler in Co Down, it has been confirmed.

Belfast Telegraph

£18m City Quays car park 'to create 100 construction jobs'

Work is due to begin shortly on an £18 million car park which will become the latest part of the City Quays development at Belfast Harbour.

Belfast Telegraph

Boyne Bridge protest turns up the heat on Translink plan

Campaigners have stepped up their protests over transport body Translink’s proposed £175 million travel hub in Belfast that threatens the destruction of the historic Boyne Bridge in Sandy Row.

Belfast Telegraph

14,000 sign petition opposing pig farm plan

Proposals for a huge new pig farm in Limavady with facilities for 13,000 animals are facing significant opposition, with the planning authority, Causeway Coast and Glens Council, confirming more than 3,000 letters of objection have been generated along with five petitions with a total of nearly 14,000 signatures.

Belfast Telegraph

Bill for Northern Ireland road hits £80m

Almost £80 million has been spent to date on Northern Ireland's biggest road scheme - the A5 Western Transport Corridor -  despite the project being stalled for a decade, it has emerged.

Belfast Telegraph