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Northern Ireland round-up: Belfast film studio complex gets the nod; Belfast Council launches consultation on conservation areas

Words: Roger Milne

A round-up of planning news in Northern Ireland: 20 February-26 February, 2016

Another Belfast film studio complex gets the nod

Formal approval is dependent upon no substantive objections emerging from a second round of neighbourhood consultations.

The Planner

DARD gets green light for new Ballykelly HQ

The Department of Agriculture and Rural Development (DARD) has got the go-ahead from Causeway Coast and Glens Borough Council Planning Committee to build its new three-storey, state-of-the-art headquarters in Ballykelly.

Northern Ireland Executive

Belfast Council launches consultation on conservation areas

Belfast City Council is consulting on proposals to change the permitted development rights for two conservation areas – Malone Park and Adelaide Park, both in the south of the city.

Belfast City Council

A6 dual carriageway: Road given the green light ‘subject to funding’

The £400 million dual carriageway scheme for the A6 between Londonderry and Dungiven has been given the go-ahead, but only if the money becomes available.

BBC News

Belfast named top small business-friendly city in Europe

Belfast has topped the list for the second time as the best small European City for ‘Business Friendliness’, by the fDi Magazine – part of the Financial Times group.

Belfast City Council

Blow for £50m scheme as retail giant Asda reconsiders its role

A £50 million redevelopment at Carbane Way, Newry, is facing a setback as supermarket giant Asda reconsiders becoming the anchor retailer for the scheme.

Belfast Telegraph

Manufacturing ‘at the centre’ of new economic strategy, minister pledges

The manufacturing industry will be at the heart of a refreshed economic strategy for Northern Ireland, economy minister Jonathan Bell has pledged.

Belfast Telegraph

Belfast sets sights on £1 billion investment and thousands of jobs

Belfast City Council has set up its own City Centre Investment Fund whose first initiative will involve co-investment in the development of the Belfast Telegraph site. That move was announced as the council revealed the city’s major development sites are now largely free of NAMA debt.

Belfast City Council

Shackleton Barracks: Jobs hope as MJM Group agrees to buy former military base

The MJM Group, which specialises in the fit-out of cruise ships and yachts, has agreed to buy the former Shackleton Barracks military base in Ballykelly, County Londonderry.

BBC News

Ballymena nuclear shelter could become new tourist spot

Mid and East Antrim Council is considering transforming a large underground nuclear bunker in Ballymena into a tourist attraction.

Belfast Telegraph