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Northern Ireland round-up: Belfast city centre hotel approved; PAC’s new IT system on track

Words: Roger Milne

A round-up of planning news in Northern Ireland: 11 June-17 June, 2022

Belfast city centre hotel approved

Belfast City Council’s planning committee has backed plans for a 164-bed hotel in the landmark former Nambarrie Tea building in the capital's Cathedral Quarter.

The Planner

Applications for the second round of RTPI initiative welcome

The RTPI has opened the entries for placements for its Chief Planners of Tomorrow initiative.

The Planner

PAC’s new IT system on track

The Planning Appeals Commission has insisted that work on its replacement IT system is on track to go live later this summer.

Planning Appeals Commission

Portadown GAA project green-lit

Armagh City, Banbridge and Craigavon Borough Council has approved proposals for a major GAA facility at a 10.5-hectare site on the outskirts of Portadown, which will include four new pitches, a sports changing pavilion with multipurpose hall, gym, and spectator stands/terraces.

Irish News

Capital pedestrianisation progress

The Department for Infrastructure has confirmed that the pedestrianisation of Belfast city centre’s Union Street is to be extended by six months. Meanwhile, in a related development, infrastructure minister John O’Dowd has revealed that his department is drawing up fresh proposals for the pedestrianisation of an area of the city’s Cathedral Quarter around Hill Street and Gordon Street.

Irish News

Culmore Country Park community hub approved

Derry City & Strabane District Council has green-lit plans for a community hub in Culmore Country Park.

Belfast Live

Castlewellan Castle revamp

Newry, Mourne and Down District council has approved restoration work at Castlewellan Castle 50 years after part of the outer courtyard was destroyed in a bomb attack.

Belfast Telegraph

Go-ahead for Glengormley arch

Loyalists have welcomed permission from the Department for Infrastructure to erect a controversial Orange Order arch across the main street in Glengormley.

Belfast Telegraph

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