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26/05/2017

Northern Ireland round-up: Titanic Belfast expansion plans submitted; Work begins to repair the wonder wall of the Mournes

Words: Roger Milne

A round-up of planning news in Northern Ireland: 20 May-26 May, 2017

Titanic Belfast expansion plans submitted

Plans to expand and reconfigure elements of the Titanic Belfast and the Odyssey Pavilion complex in the Titanic Quarter of Belfast have been lodged with the city council.

The Planner

General Election 2017: Greens back living rent for all

The Green Party has outlined a commitment to introduce the living rent for everyone and to build zero-carbon homes.

The Planner

Work begins to repair the wonder wall of the Mournes

A major restoration project has been announced for the famous 22-mile Mourne wall more than a century after construction started.

Belfast Telegraph

NI public spending highest in UK – £14,020 per head

Northern Ireland has the highest level of public spending of any region in the UK, new figures have suggested, with one economist warning the the Province is a “big deficit" economy.

Belfast Telegraph

Student housing developers appealing scheme’s rejection

The developers behind a 620-bed student accommodation scheme that was to be part of a £300 million Belfast regeneration project are appealing against a decision to refuse it planning permission.

Belfast Telegraph

Derry ‘ghost estate’ thrown a lifeline

A so-called ‘ghost estate’ in Londonderry is to be finished off by new owners five years after its original builders went into administration.

Belfast Telegraph

Plans revealed for NI holiday parks

Two tourist caravan parks in Portrush and Antrim are set to be created after Danske Bank provided a £4 million refinance package to the company involved.

Insider Media

Casement Park ‘movement consultant’ appointed

The Department for Communities is funding a ‘movement consultant’ to examine GAA plans to build a new stadium at Casement Park in west Belfast. AECOM will analyse how pedestrians and vehicles interact during an emergency.

Irish News

NI Water ‘stalling’ new building projects, says developer

Northern Ireland Water, the state-owned company that provides water and sewerage services, has been publicly accused by a leading property development firm of “stalling new-build” projects because of “excessive “charges.

Irish Times

Council gets update on infrastructure projects for Causeway Coast and Glens

The Department for Infrastructure has insisted that the Causeway Coast and Glens Borough Council area should see significant benefits once the £55million A26 Frosses Road dualling project is completed next month.

Department for Infrastructure

Travel survey published

The Travel Survey for Northern Ireland Urban-Rural report, containing statistics for 2013-2015, is now available.

Department for Infrastructure

Northern Ireland tourism on the rise

Latest annual tourist statistics highlight that the Giant’s Causeway is Northern Ireland’s most popular tourist spot with nearly a million visitors a year.

Belfast Telegraph

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