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Northern Ireland round-up: Application submitted for major new Craigavon campus; Church demolition thwarted

Words: Roger Milne

A round-up of planning news in Northern Ireland: 6 January-12 January, 2018

Application submitted for major new Craigavon campus

Plans for a £45 million state-of-the-art Southern Regional College (SRC) campus at Craigavon Lakes have been submitted to Armagh City, Banbridge and Craigavon Borough Council.

The Planner

Nurses priced out of NHS homes

The New Economics Foundation says homes to be built on NHS land will have an average expected sale price that is 10 times the annual salary of a nurse.

The Planner

Government publishes environment plan

Prime Minister Theresa May has published the government’s 25-year environment plan, which includes measures to work with partners in the devolved administrations in producing marine plans for Northern Ireland, Scotland and Wales.

The Planner

Church demolition thwarted

Last-minute intervention by residents has halted the demolition of a church in the County Antrim village of Straid, which Antrim and Newtownabbey Borough Council has issued with a temporary building preservation notice valid for six months.

Belfast Telegraph

Flats appeal success for County Antrim golf club

A County Antrim golf club has won an appeal to build a block of flats close to its course at Balloo, originally refused by Antrim and Newtownabbey Borough Council.

Belfast Telegraph

Redevelopment of empty BHS shop in Belfast proposed

Proposals have been submitted for the redevelopment of the former BHS shop in Belfast city centre vacant since the retail chain went bust in August 2016.

BBC News

Alpine toboggan ride scheme for Belfast park

Belfast’s Colin Glen Forest Park looks set to get an alpine toboggan ride in what'’s been described as an ‘innovative first’ for the Province.

Belfast Telegraph

NI infrastructure initiative

The so-called NI Year of Infrastructure has been launched, an initiative designed to raise awareness among the public of the role and importance of social and economic infrastructure.

Belfast Telegraph