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Northern Ireland: Ballymena barracks redevelopment makes waves; Chief planner update

Words: Roger Milne

A round-up of planning news in Northern Ireland: 30 September-6 October, 2017

Ballymena barracks redevelopment makes waves

Demolition work at St Patrick’s Barracks in Ballymena – a precursor to its regeneration – will get under way shortly, says the Department for Communities.

The Planner

2018 RTPI vice-president announced

The RTPI has announced that Ian Tant MRTPI has been elected as the institute’s 2018 vice-president.

The Planner

Lisburn council rapped over building work after complaint by guide dog user

A watchdog has warned all councils involved with public realm regeneration activity to ensure that work does not breach equality requirements, following a complaint from a guide dog user.

Belfast Telegraph

Chief planner update

The Department for Infrastructure has issued the second chief planner’s update to councils to provide the latest guidance about various aspects of the planning system.

Planning Portal NI

Margaret Conway wins UK-wide construction award

The woman who took charge of building Belfast City Council's new headquarters has won a prestigious UK-wide award for her role in the construction project.

BBC News

Ambitious greenway plans continue to gather momentum

The development of greenways – car-free paths and trails for walkers and cyclists – across the Province continues to make progress, it has emerged.

BBC News

£400m Royal Exchange plans submitted

Revised plans for Belfast’s £400 million Royal Exchange redevelopment project have been submitted to the council, but have been criticised by conservationists.

Belfast Telegraph

Michelin site in Ballymena ‘could become home to new manufacturing firm’

Property consultancy CBRE has organised a public consultation on the future of tyre giant Michelin’s huge site at Ballymena, which is being shut down with the loss of 860 jobs.

Belfast Telegraph

Office development in Belfast completed

Belfast Harbour has completed a £22 million office development as part of its City Quays development.

Belfast Telegraph

Fears Stormont impasse could scuttle £36m Kilkeel port expansion

A County Down port's £36 million expansion, predicted to create 1,000 jobs, is being delayed due to the ongoing impasse at Stormont, it has been claimed.

Belfast Telegraph

Council to progress discussions for city deal

Members of Derry City and Strabane District Council have agreed to undertake further work on progressing a city deal for the city and surrounding region.

Derry City & Strabane

Belfast £12m riverside office block plan for gasworks site

A Northern Ireland property developer has unveiled plans for a £12 million mixed-use office-led waterfront development in south Belfast.

Belfast Telegraph