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Northern Ireland: Town centres boosted by £8 million public realm projects, council receives over 2,000 protests for pig house plan

Words: Roger Milne
Northern Ireland

A round-up of planning news in Northern Ireland: 13 June-19 June, 2015

Town centres boosted by £8 million public realm projects

Social development minister Mervyn Storey has announced added funding of £4.5 million towards planned public realm works totalling £8 million in Cookstown, Dungannon and Magherafelt town centres.

The Planner

Council overwhelmed by 2,000 protest letters at farmer's pig house plan

More than 2,000 people have objected to a giant pig farm in Newtownabbey on the outskirts of north Belfast.

Belfast Telegraph

New £4m Belfast city centre hotel will create 100 jobs

A new £4 million, 55-bed hotel is planned for Belfast City centre. It would involve the conversion of an office block between Victoria Street and Ann Street.

BBC News

Lough Neagh and environment protection complaints prompt EC letter

The European Commission is seeking clarification from the Department of the Environment about alleged breaches of environmental regulations involving sand and gravel companies which have been dredging material from Lough Neagh.

BBC News

Londonderry to benefit from over 200 new social homes

Social development minister Mervyn Storey has cut the first sod on the largest social housing scheme for Northern Ireland in over a decade - a 197-home project in Derry.

Northern Ireland Executive

Internationally important finds at Tullaghoge Fort, Cookstown: Durkan

House foundations dating back 700 years have been uncovered by archaeologists on a hilltop near Cookstown, where Ulster chieftains were crowned.

Northern Ireland Executive

Young Planners' Conference 2015 tickets on sale

This year's event, on the theme of 'Planning for successul places' will take place in Southampton from 9-10 October.


Seven experts contribute to RTPI publication on devolution

Following the RTPI’s Symposium on Governance in April , a range of critical perspectives have been compiled in Critical Perspectives On Devolved Governance to encourage continued discussion on governance issues.


Choice housing association to build 2,500 homes

Northern Ireland's largest housing association has announced plans to build more than 2,500 new social housing homes over the next five years.

BBC News