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Northern Ireland round-up: Belfast faces down criticism of its flagship business park; Lough Neagh sand extraction ‘doesn’t harm ecology’

Words: Roger Milne

A round-up of planning news in Northern Ireland: 27 May-2 June, 2017

Belfast faces down criticism of its flagship business park

Belfast City Council says it has had more than 40 expressions of interest from companies considering taking space at its flagship clean technology business park, which has been established at a former landfill site known as Giant’s Park.

The Planner

UK Government challenged over air pollution plans

Campaigners have launched a High Court challenge against the UK Government’s draft consultation on its plans to improve air quality, saying they contain "major flaws".

The Planner

Lough Neagh sand extraction ‘doesn't harm ecology’

Sand extraction at Lough Neagh does not harm its ecology and may help it, claims an environmental report commissioned by the companies involved.

BBC News

A5 Western Transport Corridor

The Planning Appeals Commission report into the A5 Western Transport Corridor has been completed and has been forwarded to the Department for Infrastructure. 

Planning Appeals Commission

Brexit will not affect Derry-Dublin road upgrade, says transport minister

Ireland’s transport minister has vowed there will be no pulling back from an upgraded Derry to Dublin road link as a result of Brexit. Shane Ross said that whatever the outcome of the negotiations on the UK leaving the EU, the new A5/N2 route would go ahead.

Belfast Telegraph

Locals invited to give their views

The Department for Infrastructure has begun consultations on proposed major road improvements along the A1 between Hillsborough Roundabout and Loughbrickland.

Department for Infrastructure

Northern Ireland’s smallest church demolished

A row has erupted over the demolition of Ireland’s smallest church, St Gobban’s, in the north Antrim coastal hamlet of Portbradden.

Belfast Telegraph

Brexit: Belfast council to seek special status for Northern Ireland

Belfast City Council is to press for special status for Northern Ireland in the EU as part of the Brexit process.

Belfast Telegraph

Council launches public consultation on first community plan

Derry & Strabane District Council has launched consultation on its first community plan as well as the preferred options paper for the local development plan.

Derry City & Strabane Council