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Mar

Northern Ireland tops UK's most affordable homes list

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Northern Ireland tops UK's most affordable homes list

Four of the top 10 most affordable UK cities for buying a home are in Northern Ireland, a report has found. Across the UK, Lloyds Bank found the cost of a typical home in a city is at its most unaffordable level since 2009 as buyers face stretching their wages further to keep up with rising property prices. A city home now...

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27

Mar

Increase in Northern Ireland planning applications a sign economy is on the up

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Increase in Northern Ireland planning applications a sign economy is on the up

The number of planning applications being submitted in Northern Ireland has increased 14% year-on-year, according to latest figures. The Department of Environment (DoE) claimed 93% of planning applications were approved in the third quarter of 2014, down from 94% on last year. It received 3,305 applications between July and September last year, up from 2,893 during the period in 2013. There were...

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26

Mar

Going for gold against all the odds

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Going for gold against all the odds

Kelly Gallagher, winner of our 2015 Sportswoman of the Year Award, sponsored by Propertynews.com, defied incredible odds to make history by winning Britain’s first ever Winter Paralympic gold last March in Sochi. Kelly was one of seven skiers from Great Britain at the 2014 Winter Games finishing first in the visually impaired Super-G competition. In what was a memorable year for the...

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26

Mar

Mulching is the key to a thriving garden

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Mulching is the key to a thriving garden

I could easily become a mulch bore. Perhaps I already am, and nobody has been kind enough to tell me. But of all the things you can do for your garden, this, to me, seems the most important. Give, don't just take. And late winter/early spring is the best time to do the mulching, before too much new growth gets...

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26

Mar

Shopping village sold to developer for £5.5m has 'fantastic potential'

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Shopping village sold to developer for £5.5m has 'fantastic potential'

A designer shopping village in Co Tyrone has been sold by a US fund for a cool £5.5m price tag. The Linen Green in the village of Moygashel was snapped up by London-based Neptune Group after its original developer went bust in the downturn. The shopping village outside Dungannon was marketed for sale with a £5m asking price by commercial property agents...

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26

Mar

Lisburn Square on offer for tenth of its former value

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Lisburn Square on offer for tenth of its former value

A major retail development in Lisburn city centre built at a cost of £23m has gone on sale for less than a tenth of its former value. Lisburn Square is now on the market for offers over £2.25m - little more than a decade after it was first opened. The development includes several large tenants such as high street stalwarts Argos, Next...

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25

Mar

£795,000 to spare? Then you could be the king of this Cullybackey castle

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£795,000 to spare? Then you could be the king of this Cullybackey castle

Ever wanted your own baronial pad? Well, this spectacular castle close to Cullybackey has just gone on the market for a cool £795,000. The fairy-tale castle of Craigdun was once the home of fiery Unionist MP Ronald McNeill, Lord Cushendun, who famously threw a book during a fraught Home Rule debate and struck Winston Churchill squarely in the head. The famous Orangeman was...

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24

Mar

Northern Ireland's most desirable location is Craigavon

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Northern Ireland's most desirable location is Craigavon

It may come as a surprise to some, but maybe not to its natives - Northern Ireland's most desirable location is Craigavon. The Co Armagh town has been named as having Northern Ireland's most desirable postcode in a UK-wide survey by Royal Mail. Known for its roundabouts, leafy cycle paths and welter of housing estates, the 1960s new town may be an...

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18

Mar

Business Rates – Some Winners But More Losers Across The Province

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Business Rates – Some Winners But More Losers Across The Province

Thousands of businesses across the Province were counting the cost this week after the new regional and district rates were announced that affect the future calculation of business rates charges. The regional rate has been set at 31.86p in the pound for the period up to 31 March 2016.  This was set by the Rates (Regional Rates) Orders (Northern Ireland) 2015...

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13

Mar

Connolly & Fee lined up to build 28 homes in £2.8m deal

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Connolly & Fee lined up to build 28 homes in £2.8m deal

A Co Tyrone construction firm has secured a £2.8m deal to build 28 new homes as part of major development. Connolly & Fee has been named as contractor for the Helm Housing scheme in Dungannon - which will provide accommodation for 77 people. The development includes 21 two-bedroom apartments and seven single room flats and is due to be completed in December...

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