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Northern Ireland round-up: ‘Next-generation’ science park proposed for former Ballymena barracks; Belfast airport car-park proposal

Words: Roger Milne

A round-up of planning news in Northern Ireland: 17 November-23 November, 2018

‘Next-generation’ science park proposed for former Ballymena barracks

Ambitious plans to create a multimillion-pound ‘next-generation’ science park on the former St Patrick’s Barracks site in Ballymena are taking shape.

The Planner

Healthcare projects in Ballyclare and Belfast make moves

A private developer has submitted a bid to build a £5 million community healthcare facility in Ballyclare while, separately, Belfast City Council has deferred a decision on a £100 million health hub at and around the capital’s iconic King’s Hall.

Belfast Telegraph

Belfast airport car-park proposal

The owners of George Best Belfast City Airport are set to spend millions of pounds over the next two winters, with a new multistorey car park on the cards following £15 million investment in its terminal.

Belfast Telegraph

Belfast blueprint should be more ‘ambitious’

A commentator has argued that Belfast City Council’s latest development and land-use strategy lacks ambition.

Belfast Telegraph

Belfast airport flight monitoring guidance

The Department for Infrastructure has compiled new guidance on how compliance with the 2008 Planning Agreement for the George Best Belfast City Airport should be monitored and how exceptional circumstances should be interpreted in the case of delayed flights.

Northern Ireland Executive

Uni boosts UK economy

Queen’s University in Belfast contributes £1.9 billion to the UK economy, an independent analysis by London Economics has revealed.

The Irish News

Craigavon baking facility progress

The managing director of Evron Foods Group has said that investment just secured from US-headquartered Bama Companies will accelerate plans for a new 4,180 square metre facility in Craigavon.

Insider Media

Carrickfergus digital map

A new digital map has been launched in the County Antrim coastal town of Carrickfergus to help guide visitors around the area.

Belfast Telegraph

Capital planning advice

Belfast City Council has published two new documents designed to help people navigate the planning system – a four-page guide to the planning application process and a two-page checklist setting out the information required so an application can be processed.

Belfast City Council

Extra £64m allocated for social housing, Belfast and transport

The Department of Finance has announced the allocation of a further £64 million of capital expenditure which will be used for social housing, Belfast regeneration, public transport and infrastructure priorities.

The Department of Finance

Whiskey project stopped

The company involved in building a £12 million whiskey distillery at Ebrington in Londonderry has confirmed that the project will not proceed.

BBC News