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Northern Ireland round-up: Consultation starts on Islandmagee gas storage plan; Antrim Asda opposition

Words: Roger Milne

A round-up of planning news in Northern Ireland: 4 January-10 January, 2020

Consultation starts on Islandmagee gas storage plan

The Department of Agriculture, Environment and Rural Affairs has launched a public consultation over a marine licence for InfraStrata’s controversial Islandmagee gas storage project.

The Planner

13% decline in applications lodged 

In the second quarter of 2019/2020 there were 2,944 planning applications submitted to local authorities, according to statistics published by the Northern Ireland Executive.

The Planner

Be a planning radical at The Planner Live

Got something original to say and a burning desire to tell your fellow planners? We’re looking for four RTPI members to give five-minute speed presentations at The Planner Live on 29-30 June 2020.

The Planner

Antrim Asda opposition

Trade body Retail NI has urged Antrim and Newtownabbey Borough Council to refuse a new Asda superstore in Antrim because of the impact it would have on existing retailers and jobs in the town centre.

Belfast Telegraph

Omagh revamp

High Street, Market Street and Georges Street in Omagh are to be regenerated, thanks to further revitalisation funding for the town centre worth over a quarter of a million pounds.

Northern Ireland Executive

PAC cranks up Belfast LDP hearing

The Planning Appeals Commission has confirmed that it has begun making arrangements for the examination of the draft Belfast local development plan.

Planning Appeals Commission

Maghera High School redevelopment latest

Mid Ulster District Council planning department has received further amended plans and additional information in respect of the proposed redevelopment of the former Maghera High School, the planning authority has announced through the NI Planning Portal.

Northern Ireland Executive

Bridge and tunnel links to Scotland under review

Transport officials have been asked to look at various options for both a bridge linking Scotland to Northern Ireland as well as a tunnel project, it has been confirmed in the Lords.

Belfast Telegraph

Derry screen boost

Derry City and Strabane District Council’s planning committee has approved plans for an extension to the Brunswick Moviebowl on the Pennyburn Industrial Estate. It would see two cinema screen rooms added to the complex.

Derry City & Strabane District Council

Mixed-use regeneration scheme faces opposition

Proposals to turn a former pork factory site in Enniskillen into a retail and leisure complex providing a hotel, multiscreen cinema, bowling alley, garden centres, retail units and nearly 700 car-parking spaces face opposition because of concerns about the scheme’s impact on an already struggling town centre.

Belfast Telegraph
Cycling and walking project to go ahead

Derry City & Strabane District Council has approved a new £1 million cycling and walking project in Strabane. It involves a 3.5-kilometre route connecting the A5, Derry Road, Canal Basin, River Mourne Flood Wall and Strabane Retail Park.

BBC News