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Northern Ireland round-up: Casement Park redevelopment rethink?; Carrickfergus lined up for first modular social homes

Words: Roger Milne

A round-up of planning news in Northern Ireland: 25 August-31 August, 2018

Casement Park redevelopment rethink?

Plans to redevelop west Belfast’s Casement Park as a Gaelic Athletic Association provincial stadium may have to be rethought and scaled back.

The Planner

Report: Broken land market cause of poor productivity in the UK

The “dysfunctional” land market is the root cause of an unproductive and unstable UK economy, according to think tank Institute for Public Policy Research.

The Planner

County Tyrone gold mine glisters

Dalradian, the Canadian developer behind a controversial County Tyrone gold mine, has said the project could create jobs for decades beyond its 25-year lifespan after confirming higher grade deposits at the site.

Irish News

Carrickfergus lined up for first modular social homes

Clanmil Housing has confirmed that 40 new homes earmarked for the site of a former foodstore at Carrickfergus will be the first social homes in Northern Ireland delivered using off-site modular factory construction methods.

Belfast Telegraph

Fire poses safety fears for stricken capital landmark

Firefighters and engineers have inspected the safety of the charred façade of a landmark listed Belfast building, the scene of a devasting fire that led to the collapse of all the internal floors of the five-storey Banks Building, now a Primark store, which had been in the heart of the capital’s shopping district since 1787 and had recently undergone a multimillion-pound refurbishment.

Irish Times

Belfast Smithfield area proposals on display

Proposals for a mixed-use scheme designed to reinvigorate part of the Smithfield area of Belfast, including providing offices and space for independent businesses and retailers, have gone on public display.

Belfast Telegraph