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Northern Ireland round-up: Belfast rapid transit system gears up for next phase; Casement Park go-ahead

Words: Roger Milne

A round-up of planning news in Northern Ireland: 24 July-30 July, 2021

Belfast rapid transit system gears up for next phase

Northern Ireland's infrastructure minister Nichola Mallon has launched a public consultation on the next phase of the Belfast Rapid Transit Project (BRT2), which aims to extend the system into and beyond north and south Belfast.

The Planner

Casement Park go-ahead

The new multi-million-pound 34,500-capacity Gaelic Athletic Association Casement Park stadium in west Belfast finally cleared all of its planning hurdles this week although funding issues for the project remain.

Northern Ireland Executive and BBC

Derry development brief

A spokesperson for Derry City and Strabane District Council has confirmed to The Planner that it is poised to invite regeneration submissions for the Boom Hall lands at Culmore, north of the city, from interested parties. The area has been touted as a location for a Northern Ireland version of the Eden Project in Cornwall, but a local charity has competing ideas, which would keep the site under public ownership.

Belfast Live

York Street station funding approved

The Department for Infrastructure has confirmed £10 million funding for a new train station at York Street, Belfast.

Northern Ireland Executive

Coalisland leisure and well-being scheme consultation

Mid Ulster District Council is undertaking fresh consultation on plans to develop a leisure, health and well-being hub at Gortgonis, Coalisland, which would see a new leisure centre incorporating a gym, community hall, changing rooms and meeting rooms as well as outdoor facilities, including a six-lane running track, 3G pitch, woodland walkways and two connected play areas.

Mid Ulster District Council

All-Island rail review contract

Engineering and planning consultancy Arup has been commissioned by the Northern Ireland Executive and the Irish Government to undertake an All-Island strategic rail review, which will look at improving connectivity between major cities, the feasibility of higher speeds on the network and examine the potential for more freight traffic.

Northern Ireland Executive

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