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Northern Ireland round-up: Extra funding for NI is no silver bullet for underperforming economy; Plans for hotel overlooking Royal Portrush Golf Club

Words: Roger Milne

A round-up of planning news in Northern Ireland: 1 July-7 July, 2017

Report: Extra funding for NI is no silver bullet for underperforming economy

The added £1 billion in funding for Northern Ireland from the Conservative/DUP deal offers no ‘silver bullet for an underperforming economy’, according to a report published by management and accountancy firm PricewaterhouseCoopers.

The Planner

Plans for hotel overlooking Royal Portrush Golf Club

US developers want to build a new £30 million, 120-bedoom resort hotel on the North Coast at a site overlooking Royal Portrush Golf Club in County Antrim.

Belfast Telegraph

Belfast student developments to get boost in room numbers

Two major student housing developments in Belfast are set to get bigger following approval of revised plans.

Belfast Telegraph

Ballymena church Green Pastures’ super village deal signed

Evangelical property developers have signed a multimillion-pound contract with building firm Martin & Hamilton to begin construction work on a controversial mini-village development on the outskirts of Ballymena.

Belfast Telegraph

Green light for plans to build 480 homes outside Dundonald

Lisburn and Castlereagh City Council has approved 480 houses to be built at Lagan Homes’ Millmount development outside Dundonald, County Down.

Belfast Telegraph

Derry amusement arcade plan rejected by councillors

A planning application for a gambling arcade has been thrown out by Derry and Strabane councillors – the second time they have rejected attempts to open a gambling facility in the city centre.

Belfast Telegraph

First citizens join the European Capital of Culture 2023 campaign

The joint bid by Belfast City Council and Derry City and Strabane District Council to secure the European Capital of Culture title for 2023 has been endorsed by both local authorities.

Derry City & Strabane District Council

Titanic offices in Belfast are restored in £5m project

A £5 million renovation project has returned the historic drawing offices at Belfast shipyard to the glory of a century ago.

BBC News

Work starts on Belfast Rapid Transit system

Work has started on a new service centre for Belfast Rapid Transit vehicles, which is scheduled to launch in autumn 2018.

Belfast City Council

New phone number for Belfast planning enquiries

Residents and developers in the Belfast City Council area wanting to make telephone enquiries about planning issues now have a new number to call: 028 9050 0510. The move came after the council extended the scope of decisions which can be made by the planning service without having to be referred to the planning committee.

Belfast City Council

NIPP planned downtime

The Northern Ireland Planning Portal (NIPP) will be unavailable for some of this weekend (7 -9 July) to allow for system updates. It will be fully operational again on Monday 10 July.

Planning Portal NI

Short-stay luxury flat complex proposed for historic Belfast hostel building

A new luxury serviced flat development is being planned for Belfast city centre involving the conversion of the former Presbyterian War Memorial Hostel building.

Belfast Telegraph

Office plan may herald the end for contentious Belfast bonfire site

A major office building housing hundreds of civil servants could be built on the spot of a controversial bonfire in Belfast city centre.

Belfast Telegraph