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02/08/2019

Northern Ireland round-up: Belfast planners probe Airbnb and student accommodation issues; Derry offices approved at former barracks

Words: Roger Milne

A round-up of planning news in Northern Ireland: 27 July-2 August, 2019

Belfast planners probe Airbnb and student accommodation issues

Belfast City Council has started a review of Airbnb and student accommodation in the capital.

The Planner

North West leads on construction contract value awarded

The north west of England topped the regions for construction contract awards value in June with a 36.6 per cent share of the total contract value, according to Barbour ABI statistics.

The Planner

Bricklayers in short supply, survey suggests

Nearly two-thirds (60 per cent) of construction SMEs are struggling to hire bricklayers, a survey by the Federation of Master Builders has suggested.

The Planner

Derry offices approved at former barracks

The Department for Infrastructure has approved proposals for two office blocks and a two-level underground car park at the former Ebrington Barracks in Derry. It will provide a total of 7,430 square metres of floor space.

Northern Ireland Executive

Belfast cruise terminal docks

Cruise Belfast – the partnership between Belfast Harbour and Visit Belfast – has opened the first dedicated cruise terminal on the island of Ireland to cater for Belfast’s growing popularity as a cruise destination.

Belfast City Council

Offshore wind no-go for NI

Northern Ireland is currently not suitable for offshore wind farm development up to 13 kilometres out to sea because of the visual harm it would pose for stretches of the coastline, according the latest progress report on the administration’s renewable energy strategy published by the Department of Economy.

Northern Ireland Executive

Capital flats for transport club?

A Northern Ireland developer has unveiled proposals to demolish the former Belfast City Transport Club in the capital and replace it with a £16 million apartment block providing 101 new homes on the site at May Street.

Belfast Telegraph

Belfast anaerobic digestor project

Energy giant Energia Group – formerly known as Viridian – has launched plans to build a £40 million anaerobic digestion plant on Belfast’s North Foreshore.

Belfast Telegraph

Key legislation extended

The legislation needed to extend the time allowed for parties to try to form a new government for the Province has gained Royal Assent. The Northern Ireland (Executive Formation etc) Act also means the advice on decision-making by Stormont departments in the absence of ministers remains in place.

Lords Hansard

Planning application for Islandmagee energy storage project pulled

Troubled Dublin-based green energy company Gaelectric has pulled the plug on its ambitious plans for a 330-megawatt compressed air energy storage project on Islandmagee near Larne in Co Antrim and withdrawn its planning application.

Northern Ireland Executive

Dromore town centre makeover backed

A £1.4 million public realm scheme has been confirmed for Dromore town centre, which will improve the streetscape of the outer Market Square and Bridge Street areas, thanks to funding from the Department for Communities, Armagh City, Banbridge and Craigavon Borough Council and the Department for Infrastructure.

Northern Ireland Executive

Further growth deal financial backing

Prime Minister Boris Johnson has announced that growth deals in Mid-South West Northern Ireland and Causeway Coast and Glens will be allocated some of the £300 million new funding being committed to initiatives across Northern Ireland, Scotland and Wales.

UK Government

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