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Northern Ireland round-up: Ambitious blueprint for Derry city-region signed off; Gasworks masterplan move

Words: Roger Milne

A round-up of planning news in Northern Ireland: 4 November-10 November, 2017

Ambitious blueprint for Derry city-region signed off

An ambitious blueprint covering the Londonderry city region over the next 15 years has been launched digitally and endorsed by Derry City & Strabane District Council this week.

The Planner

Gasworks masterplan move

Belfast City Council has begun consulting on a masterplan for a key waterfront location. The council hopes the so-called ‘Northern Fringe’ area of the Gasworks site, originally safeguarded for a road scheme (subsequently abandoned)  can be regenerated with new housing, commercial development and leisure / tourism facilities.

Belfast City Council

Canal restoration kicks off

Work to revitalise a 19th century canal originally built to connect the capital and Lough Neagh has got under way at Stranmillis in south Belfast.

Belfast City Council

Redevelopment scheme for former Coca-Cola site at Lisburn

A former Coca-Cola factory at Lamberg, Lisburn, on the edge of Belfast has been bought by the Unicorn Group, which plans to make it its business base as well as creating a multipurpose business, warehousing and manufacturing campus-style facility.

Unicorn Group

Belfast economic ranking on the slide

Belfast has slipped from 5th to 30th position in two years in a PwC study ranking the economic performance of UK cities.

BBC News

Newry Southern Relief Road consultation

The Department for Infrastructure is consulting on proposals to help shape the design of the proposed Newry Southern Relief Road.

Department for Infrastructure

Minerals extraction scheme outcome awaited

The Planning Appeals Commission has confirmed it has completed its report into a regionally significant planning application for a minerals extraction scheme at Boardmills near Lisburn, County Down, and sent its report and recommendations to the Department for Infrastructure.

Planning Appeals Commission

Belfast office proposal attracts more flak

A property developer is facing another hold-up over plans to demolish a 19th century Belfast building to make way for a new nine-storey office block as objections mount up from government departments.

Belfast Telegraph