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Northern Ireland round-up: Stormont gets back to business facing a planning backlog; Ballymena flood project announced

Words: Roger Milne

A round-up of planning news in Northern Ireland: 11 January-17 January, 2020

Stormont gets back to business facing a planning backlog

Northern Ireland’s new power-sharing government, back in business at Stormont after a three-year hiatus, has been urged by the RTPI Northern Ireland to show more political support for planning.

The Planner

RTPI and Hong Kong institute strengthen their alliance

RTPI chief executive Victoria Hills has signed a memorandum of understanding with the Hong Kong Institute of Planners (HKIP) as the two organisations work to strengthen their relationship.

The Planner

Be a planning radical at The Planner Live

Got something original to say and a burning desire to tell your fellow planners? We’re looking for four RTPI members to give five-minute speed presentations at The Planner Live on 29-30 June 2020.

The Planner

Ballymena flood project announced

NI Water has announced a £2 million flood alleviation scheme in Ballymena, County Antrim.

Belfast Telegraph

County Down broadband push

A fibre broadband company has announced that it is rolling out its services to more towns across County Down including Castlewellan, Newcastle and Ballynahinch during the first half of this year.

Belfast Telegraph

Thumbs down for Lisburn social housing

Lisburn & Castlereagh City Council has refused a development of 79 social homes on Brokerstown Road in Lisburn against the advice of officials but following a local outcry.

Belfast Live

River Faughan tree-planting boost

Almost half a million pounds of lottery money is to be made available for tree planting and other work to revitalise the banks of the River Faughan near Derry.

BBC News

Dundonald development approved

Lisburn City & Castlereagh Council has approved a mixed-use development of 119 homes and 18 industrial units at Dundonald.

Belfast Live