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Northern Ireland round-up: £400m Belfast redevelopment by the River Lagan approved; Fall in greenhouse gas emissions

Words: Roger Milne

A round-up of planning news in Northern Ireland: 8 June-14 June, 2019

£400m Belfast redevelopment by the River Lagan approved

Outline approval for a major new redevelopment on the site of the former Sirocco Works on the east bank of the River Lagan has been given the go-ahead by Belfast City Council.

The Planner

UK Government vows to meet its 2050 climate change target

Prime Minister Theresa May has pledged the UK to eradicating its net contribution to climate change by 2050.

The Planner

MMC offers the potential to deliver homes the UK needs

The planning system is ‘too rigid’ to support modern methods of construction (MMC) to create the homes the nation needs, says a report by construction consultant Arup.

The Planner

Go-ahead for major Belfast developments

A multimillion-pound office and retail development that includes the listed 'Butchers' building next to Belfast’s Smithfield Market was approved by the city council this week, as was a 251-unit student accommodation block to be built over a railway line in the southern part of the capital.

Belfast City Council

Fall in greenhouse gas emissions

In 2017, Northern Ireland’s greenhouse gas emissions fell by 3 per cent while the longer-term trend indicated that emissions had fallen 18 per cent compared with the position in the base year of 1990.

Northern Ireland Executive

Revamp of capital’s Victorian baths waved through

The city council has approved the £17 million revamp of Belfast’s Victorian Templemore Baths.

Belfast City Council

Glamping projects on the up

Proposals for ‘glamping tourism’ in Northern Ireland are on the increase, with 10 schemes put forward already this year for planning permission, eight of which are currently waiting to be determined.

Belfast Telegraph

Demolition plan for tragic Cookstown hotel

A planning application has been submitted to Mid Ulster Council to demolish the hotel in Cookstown, County Tyrone, where three teenagers died on St Patrick’s Day, and replace the building with new homes and garages.

Belfast Telegraph