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Northern Ireland round-up: Approval for 500-home Larne masterplan; Call for social housing planning obligation

Words: Roger Milne

A round-up of planning news in Northern Ireland: 10 November-16 November, 2018

Approval for 500-home Larne masterplan

The masterplan for a 500-home development in Larne with a price tag of £100 million has been given outline planning permission by Mid and East Antrim Borough Council.

The Planner

Embracing technology will allow planners time to plan

Planning and technology experts have urged the planning profession to take bolder steps to embrace digital technology.

The Planner

Call for social housing planning obligation

A Chartered Institute of Housing report sponsored by the Department for Communities has urged the administration to introduce a policy requiring planning obligations for social and affordable housing as part of all significant residential developments.

Chartered Institute of Housing

Bad smell over digester projects?

A number of energy schemes on farms involving anaerobic digesters have been developed without all the environmental checks or in breach of their planning permissions, according to an investigation by BBC News.

BBC News

Mallusk business park

Proposals for a £17 million business park providing some 24,152 square metres of floor space on a 12-hectare site near Mallusk in Newtownabbey have been submitted to Antrim and Newtownabbey Borough Council.

Belfast Telegraph

Belfast luxury flats scheme

A £40 million luxury flat project close to Belfast’s Sandy Row has been proposed by developer Glenaplin Street.

Belfast Telegraph

Co Antrim mansion conversion proposal

Proposals to turn Cairndhu House, a derelict Victorian mansion near Ballygalley, County Antrim, into an 80-bedroom nursing home with five retirement cottages in its grounds have been unveiled.

Belfast Telegraph

Portrush hotel rethink

Developers behind plans to build a £30 million hotel project overlooking Royal Portrush Golf Club have withdrawn their planning application after critical community feedback but insist revised proposals will be published early next year.

Belfast Telegraph

Belfast broadband boost

Mobile phone network provider EE has announced that Belfast will be one of six UK cities to get faster 5G mobile networks by mid-2019.

BBC News

Further help for Belfast city centre

The efforts to bring shoppers and visitors back into Belfast city centre in the wake of the Bank Buildings fire will be supported by a further £1.1 million from Northern Ireland departments, the executive announced this week.

Northern Ireland Executive

Park-and-ride extension to open

A new 307-space extension to the Blacks Road Park-and-Ride facility in Belfast will open to the public next week following an £870,000 investment by the Department for Infrastructure.

Northern Ireland Executive