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Northern Ireland round-up: Belfast ferry terminal lined up as visitor attraction; Councillor conflict of interest complaint being investigated

Words: Roger Milne

A round-up of planning news in Northern Ireland: 3 August-9 August, 2019

Belfast ferry terminal lined up as visitor attraction

Ambitious plans are afoot to convert a passenger ferry terminal in Belfast into a new public attraction and visitor experience project.

The Planner

Guidance issued for measuring land

Draft guidance for what would become global best practice for the consistent calculation of land measurement and associated metrics has been published for consultation.

The Planner

Councillor conflict of interest complaint

The Local Government Commissioner for Standards is looking into a complaint against Antrim and Newtownabbey DUP councillor Linda Clarke over possible conflicts of interests relating to her husband’s planning consultancy business after he, a DUP MLA for South Antrim, had discussions with the planning committee on which she sits.

Belfast Newsletter

Developer bids for further homes at Cairnshill

PWD Developments has applied for 37 new homes on the Brooke Hall Wood development at Cairnshill, on the southern outskirts of Belfast after lodging an application for just nine properties to Lisburn and Castlereagh City Council in early June.

Belfast Telegraph

New stretch of dualled A6 in County Antrim

A new four-mile (seven kilometre) stretch of dual carriageway between Belfast and Londonderry has opened as part of the A6 upgrade between Randalstown and Toomebridge in County Antrim.

BBC News

Anger as rail upgrade hits the buffers

The third phase of the Londonderry to Belfast railway upgrade that would have allowed a more frequent and quicker service has been abandoned, to the fury of rail lobby group Into the West. It saved the Derry to Coleraine stretch of the line from closure almost two decades ago and has now launched a campaign to get the Department for Infrastructure to change its stance.

Belfast Telegraph