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Northern Ireland round-up: Belfast Glider bus network extensions in prospect; Call for Belfast-Dublin high-speed rail link

Words: Roger Milne

A round-up of planning news in Northern Ireland: 22 February-28 February, 2020

Belfast Glider bus network extensions in prospect

Infrastructure minister Nichola Mallon has confirmed that the capital’s highly successful Glider bus service will be extended to both north and south Belfast.

The Planner

Call for Belfast-Dublin high-speed rail link

Belfast Chamber, which represents more than 600 businesses in the capital, has urged infrastructure minister Nichola Mallon to “think big” about the city’s connectivity, suggesting policies include a high-speed rail link to Dublin.

Belfast Telegraph

King’s Hall nursery project

A south Belfast nursery has submitted a planning application for a new site in the grounds of the capital’s King's Hall, the location of the proposed £100 million King's Hall Health and Wellbeing Park.

Belfast Telegraph

Green schemes benefit from bag levy

Environment minister Edwin Poots has announced that 24 environmental projects across the province will get a share of the £2.2 million generated by the carrier bag levy.

Northern Ireland Executive

Major leisure facility approved in Newtownabbey

Antrim and Newtownabbey Borough Council has granted planning permission for the development of a major new indoor leisure facility at the vacant Toys R Us premises at Abbey Centre in Newtownabbey.

Antrim and Newtownabbey Borough Council

Major sports complex proposed for Portadown

Armagh Gaelic Athletic Association has submitted proposals to Armagh City, Banbridge and Craigavon Borough Council for a major sports training facility consisting of four new pitches, sports changing pavilion with multipurpose hall, a gym, maintenance building, stands/terraces, as well as floodlighting and parking provision at Portadown.

Insider Media

Capital’s Springfield Dam Park redevelopment

Work is now under way on the £1.2 million redevelopment of Belfast’s Springfield Dam Park, which involves a new pedestrian bridge across the dam, an event space, new walking and cycling paths, an outdoor classroom for schools and community groups, viewing platforms, lighting, fencing and planting throughout the park.

Belfast City Council

Casement Park stadium costs rocket

Communities minister Deirdre Hargey has confirmed that the cost of the proposed Casement Park development in Belfast has risen from an initial figure of £77 million to £110 million, raising more doubts about whether the scheme will go ahead.

BBC News

No listing for famous Portrush amusement park

Causeway Coast and Glens Borough Council has voted not to issue a Building Preservation Notice for the Barry's Amusement Complex site in Portrush, dashing hopes that the facility might be listed.

BBC News