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Northern Ireland round-up: Belfast city centre action plan takes shape; Lidl eyes up Strabane site

Words: Roger Milne
Northern Ireland

A round-up of planning news in Northern Ireland: 8 August-14 August, 2020

Belfast city centre action plan shapes up

Belfast City Council has joined forces with two Stormont departments to work up an action plan for the heart of the capital.

The Planner

PAC publishes remote hearings protocol

The Planning Appeals Commission has developed and published a protocol for facilitating remote hearings.

Planning Appeals Commission

Belfast Council response to PAC criticism published

The commission has published Belfast City Council’s response to its critical letter raising several issues about the council’s draft local development plan.

Planning Appeals Commission

Backing for capital aquarium 

A proposed new £12 million aquarium on the Titanic Quarter site has been recommended for approval by Belfast City Council planners.

Belfast Telegraph

Lidl eyes up Strabane site

Retail giant Lidl has outlined proposals for a supermarket and an additional retail unit at a site in Strabane. It will also involve a 169-vehicle car park.

Insider Media

Belfast container development mooted

Proposals have been lodged with the city council for installation of 15 storage containers on Belfast’s Stirling Road, along with an application for retrospective permission for two containers that are already there.

Belfast Live

Construction output flags

Output is down across the construction sector in Northern Ireland, with work on some sites held up by problems acquiring materials, highlights a report commissioned by the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (RICS) and law firm Tughans.

Belfast Telegraph

Kilroot gas pipeline project

A new three-kilometre gas pipeline is to be constructed in Carrickfergus to supply Kilroot Power Station.

Belfast Live

Renewables could provide two-thirds of UK electricity by 2030

A ‘sharp’ decline in the cost of renewable energy generation means that Britain should aim to meet two-thirds of electricity needs by 2030 through renewable sources.

The Planner

Covid-19: Rail station investment could boost local recovery

Local economies and communities could get a much-needed boost from the investment in rail stations as part of the recovery from Covid-19, according to a report by the Urban Transport Group.

The Planner