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Northern Ireland round-up: Belfast residential skyscraper looms; All-Ireland strategic rail review announced

Words: Roger Milne

A round-up of planning news in Northern Ireland: 3 April-9 April, 2021

Belfast residential skyscraper looms into view

Belfast City Council has granted planning permission for a major residential tower in the heart of the capital.

The Planner

All-Ireland strategic rail review announced

Infrastructure minister Nichola Mallon and Irish transport minister Eamon Ryan have launched an all-island strategic rail review that will consider sustainable connectivity between major cities, enhanced regional accessibility including to the North West and support for balanced regional development. In addition, the review will consider the feasibility of higher speeds on the network and whether there is a potential to increase freight traffic.

Northern Ireland Executive

Newtownards country park project

Ards and North Down Borough Council has confirmed that ambitious proposals are afoot to redevelop Whitespots Country Park, near Newtownards, which will safeguard its biodiversity and its World War 1 and mining heritage with a network of trails which will link to the Greenways Network and act as a gateway to the Ards Peninsula and Strangford Lough.

Ards and North Down Borough Council

Enniskillen monument makeover

A £200,000 refurbishment of the historic Forthill Park in Enniskillen is due to get under way. It will include conservation work on the landmark 30-metre-tall monument to British Army general and politician Sir Galbraith Lowry Cole.

Irish News

West Belfast community food scheme

A new community project to enable people to enjoy the benefits of working with animals and growing their own food has been launched in west Belfast.

Irish News

Newry country house conversions backed

Newry, Mourne and Down District Council has approved a scheme to convert a number of outbuildings at the historic grade B1 listed Tullymurry House in Donaghmore, near Newry, into facilities that could host weddings and conferences.

Insider Media

Coalisland site comes back to life

The former McAvoy site in Coalisland is to be brought back to life after being acquired by Tyrone businessman Kevin McCabe and is set to be occupied by engineering company Harpscreen, which will relocate from Dungannon.

Irish News

Economic recovery plan launched for Antrim and Newtownabbey

An economic recovery plan has been launched by the Antrim and Newtownabbey Borough Council that focuses on measures to support town centres, the provision of community workspaces and proposals for direct investment in firms in sectors like advanced manufacturing and engineering, transport and logistics, and construction and materials handling.

Antrim and Newtownabbey Borough Council