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Northern Ireland round-up: Belfast secures £400m investment in major developments since planning role transfer; Plans in for City Quays 3

Words: Roger Milne

A round-up of planning news in Northern Ireland: 13 May-19 May, 2017

Belfast secures £400m investment in major developments since planning role transfer

Belfast City Council has announced that it has approved £400 million in major developments in the two years since planning powers were transferred from central to local government.

The Planner

General Election 2017: Plaid Cymru promises to escalate energy renewables 

Plaid Cymru has promised to fund new Welsh railways, roads and affordable homes as well as increase energy generation from renewable energy sources.

The Planner

General Election 2017: Lib Dems vow to build 300,000 homes a year

The Liberal Democrats have set a target of building 300,000 homes a year for sale and rent as well as creating 10 new garden cities.

The Planner

General Election 2017: Labour vows to resource planning departments

The Labour Party has pledged to ‘properly resource and bolster’ planning authorities with fuller powers so that communities are at the heart of planning.

The Planner

General Election 2017: Conservatives to change planning law for shale applications

The Conservative Party has pledged to deliver an additional 500,000 homes by 2022, on top of the current target to deliver one million by 2020, as well as to change planning law for shale applications and digitise the planning process.

The Planner

Plans in for City Quays 3

Proposals for Belfast’s £46 million City Quays 3 building, which would comprise 23,225 square metres of office space, have been submitted.

Insider Media

Hilden Mill complex sold to St Francis Group developers

The disused Hilden Mill complex near Lisburn, in County Antrim, has been sold to an English development company associated with the Warwickshire-based St Francis Group, part of a consortium that bought the Sirocco site in Belfast.

BBC News

New Northern Ireland bus link to challenge Translink services

Translink's monopoly on public transport in Northern Ireland is being challenged as a new bus firm plans to compete head to head, it has emerged. 

Belfast Telegraph

Tiny footfall rise blamed on Stormont stalemate

Research suggests that shopping centres in Northern Ireland had a busy April, with footfall increasing by 5.4 per cent.

Belfast Telegraph

Belfast dry docks may lose listed building status

Two dry docks comprising the oldest part of Belfast’s port may lose listed status because of a review by Northern Ireland’s heritage authorities. 

Belfast Telegraph

Anger as We Are Vertigo eyes expansion despite rejected planning permission

Residents near a trampoline centre refused retrospective planning permission for an extension have complained to Lisburn and Castlereagh City Council now that the owner-operators have lodged a new application for the scheme in the Newtownbreda area of south Belfast.

Belfast Telegraph

£14m hotel planned for Mourne Mountains

Proposals for a £14 million, 100-bed four-star hotel and spa scheme have been unveiled for a site at Rostrevor in the foothills of the Mourne Mountains.

Belfast Telegraph