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Northern Ireland round-up: County Tyrone motor-racing circuit project flops; Newry regeneration contract appointed

Words: Roger Milne

A round-up of planning news in Northern Ireland: 30 March-5 April, 2019

County Tyrone motor-racing circuit project flops

Proposals for a £30 million motor racing circuit in County Tyrone looks dead and buried after local media reports revealed that the entire site near Coalisland has been placed on the market by receivers.

The Planner

Grotton Papers now available to read online

To mark its fortieth anniversary, the satirical illustrated planning handbook The Grotton Papers has been published for all to enjoy on the RTPI website.


Newry regeneration contract appointed

Newry, Mourne and Down District Council has appointed Hamilton Architects as the design team leaders for the £20 million regeneration of Newry city centre, which includes a new theatre/conference facility and a civic hub. The regeneration part of one of the Belfast City Region Deal infrastructure projects.

Newry, Mourne and Down District Council

Belfast townhouse redevelopment

Developers have unveiled plans valued at £4.5 million to create eight flats by redeveloping a listed Georgian townhouse in Belfast empty since 2012.

Belfast Telegraph

Portrush Open project

The Department for Communities has welcomed planning approval for an events space at West Bay, Portrush, that can also be used for temporary parking as part of the department’s £17 million regeneration programme triggered by the 148th Open golf tournament in July.

Northern Ireland Executive

Redevelopment of Belfast Sailortown bars mooted

Proposals have been put forward for a redevelopment involving flats and other commercial activities for a site formerly the home of two famous bars in Belfast's Sailortown.

Belfast Telegraph

Enniskillen memorial proposal

A planning application has been submitted to Fermanagh and Omagh District Council for the Enniskillen bomb memorial. It would be erected at the site of the explosion in 1987 which killed 12 people attending a remembrance Sunday event.

Belfast Telegraph

Belfast city-centre hotel and office complex move

Plans to develop a new city centre office and 172-bedroom hotel complex in the centre of Belfast – which would replace Norwich Union House – have been revealed.

Insider Media

Magheralin expansion mooted

Bedeck, a family-owned soft furnishings business based in Magheralin near Lurgan, has submitted a planning application to Armagh, Banbridge and Craigavon Borough Council to demolish a 745 square metre warehouse and replace it with an 1,858 square metre dispatch building.

Belfast Telegraph