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14/02/2020

Northern Ireland round-up: Bold attraction for Foyle riverside in Derry is revealed; Thumbs up for BBC Belfast project

Words: Roger Milne

A round-up of planning news in Northern Ireland: 8 February-14 February, 2020

Bold attraction for Foyle riverside in Derry is revealed

A design for an ambitious riverside cultural and environmental tourist attraction in Derry has been unveiled.

The Planner

Brandon Lewis replaces Julian Smith as NI secretary

Brandon Lewis has been appointed as the new Northern Ireland secretary. He replaces Julian Smith, who was fired after 204 days in the job, after helping to restore power sharing at Stormont.

BBC News

Thumbs up for BBC Belfast project

Belfast City Council has given the go-ahead to the BBC’s proposals to redevelop and refurbish its Broadcasting House in Ormeau Avenue, Belfast.

Insider Media

Bridge speculation

There has been a lot of media speculation this week over the possibility of a £20 billion link between Northern Ireland and Scotland. Briefings suggest that a scoping study is under way over a hybrid project that involves both a bridge and a tunnel between Larne, County Antrim and Portpatrick in Galloway.

Belfast Telegraph

Development control speeds up

The number of major decisions made by Belfast City Council’s planning committee has doubled over the last year, but the time taken to process these applications has more than halved from 78 weeks this time last year to 37 weeks on average. Meanwhile, the average time taken to process local applications (including smaller-scale housing and commercial developments) has also reduced from 15.2 weeks to 13.8 weeks.

Belfast City Council

Dundonald redevelopment breaks the ice

Lisburn and Castlereagh City Council has formally submitted its redevelopment scheme for the Dundonald International Ice Bowl, set to be transformed as a major new leisure facility offering multiple uses.

Insider Media

Live venue for Belfast’s Cathedral Quarter

Belfast City Council has approved proposals from Limelight Belfast Ltd to transform a Cathedral Quarter warehouse into a 1,600-capacity live venue.

Belfast Live

County Down windmill revamp

Ards North Down Borough Council has approved the revamp of Northern Ireland’s only original working windmill in Millisle, County Down.

Belfast Telegraph

Carryduff holiday park

The owners of the water sports resort Let's Go Hydro have submitted proposals for a holiday park within its 0.6-hectare grounds in Carryduff.

Belfast Telegraph

Communities minister pledges more homes

A total of £146 million is being invested to build 1,850 new homes across Northern Ireland this year, but communities minister Deirdre Hargey has insisted that many more are needed.

Belfast Telegraph

Funding urged for Newry water infrastructure

NI Water has said it will need more funding to provide the infrastructure required for economic development including new homes in the Newry area.

Belfast Telegraph

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