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Northern Ireland round-up: UK Government boosts funding for Derry and Strabane; Fermanagh fracking fears

Words: Roger Milne

A round-up of planning news in Northern Ireland: 4 May-10 May, 2019

UK Government boosts funding for Derry and Strabane

The UK Government has announced a boost for the Derry and Strabane City Deal as part of a £105 million economic package for the north-west of the province.

The Planner

Dense cities lead to ‘greater inequality’

Cities that are densely built with people living and working in close proximity are economically efficient but lead to higher levels of inequality, suggests an LSE report.

The Planner

Fermanagh fracking fears

Energy company Tamboran Resources (UK) has restarted the process that could lead to fracking in Fermanagh. It has applied for a licence to evaluate the natural gas in the shale and sandstone rocks in the south-west of the county.

BBC News

Knockbracken golf course moves

Local developer Kevin McKay has unveiled proposals to turn the 18-hole Mount Ober golf course in Knockbracken, south Belfast, into a nine-holer, with a new clubhouse. The move would see the club’s existing driving range relocated.

Belfast Telegraph

Warrenpoint revamp under way

Work has started on a £4 million upgrade of Warrenpoint Port. It includes the revamp of the historic harbour's Town Dock House, which will be returned to its former use as the main harbour office, re-establishing a direct link between the port and the town centre.

Belfast Telegraph

Capital currency initiative

The capital is set to introduce its own city currency – Belfast Coin – an incentive-based digital currency aimed at rewarding positive actions by residents, as well as encouraging economic growth and helping to achieve environmental goals.

Belfast City Council

Derry regeneration scheme proposed by Eden Project co-founder

Sir Tim Smit, co-founder of the Eden Project, has revealed proposals to create an educational hub on the Foyle in Derry at a site that extends from Foyle Bridge towards Culmore Point.

Belfast Telegraph