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Northern Ireland round-up: Decision postponed on major Belfast development; Belfast masterplan consultation starts

Words: Roger Milne

A round-up of planning news in Northern Ireland: 10 February-16 February, 2018

Decision postponed on major Belfast development

Belfast City Council's planning committee has deferred its decision on a highly controversial city centre redevelopment pending a site visit.

The Planner

Belfast masterplan consultation starts

Belfast City Council has begun consulting on a masterplan for the development of a mixed-use neighbourhood in the inner north-west quadrant of the city centre, a 17-hectare area bounded by Millfield / Carrick Hill to the north-west, College Street / Fountain Street / Fountain Lane to the south and Royal Avenue to the east.

Belfast City Council    

Ambitious east Belfast scheme unveiled

Ambitious plans for the redevelopment of the disused Laburnnum playing fields in east Belfast have surfaced involving flats, a hotel, a 3G football pitch, children’s play area, tennis courts and a mini golf course, all of which would be linked to the Connswater Community Greenway.

Belfast Telegraph

MPs probe energy insecurities

A House of Commons committee is renewing a probe into Northern Ireland’s energy sector after a slew of announcements affecting power plants and security of supply.

Belfast Telegraph

NI Water in sewer bond costs row

NI Water has defended the level of sewage bond securities paid by developers of new houses after criticism from housing developer Hagan Homes.

Belfast Telegraph

Odyssey Pavilion revamp revealed

A proposed revamp of the Odyssey Pavilion in east Belfast is set to include 16 bar and restaurant units, a health club, and a climbing wall, according to a planning application.

Belfast Telegraph

Budget woes risk water supplies

NI Water chief Sara Venning has warned that the latest budgeting constraints risk disrupting supplies.

Belfast Telegraph

Sion Mills Village regeneration masterplan

GM Design Associates have been appointed by Derry City and Strabane District Council to draw up a masterplan for the regeneration of Sion Mills Village.

Derry City and Strabane District Council

Grade-A office block approved for Belfast

Holywood-based property company Wirefox has received planning permission from the city council for its 11-storey, 17,200-square metre grade A office block, The Paper Exchange, in Belfast’s Chichester Strreet.

Insider Media

Goldmine project paperwork online

The planning application, environmental statement and all the supporting documents submitted by Dalradian Gold Ltd for its County Tyrone project, have now been uploaded onto the NI Planning Portal.

Northern Ireland Executive

Hotel and restaurant mooted for capital church conversion

The hospitality group Tullymore House Ltd, owner of the Galgorm Resort in Ballymena, has proposed turning the former Holy Rosary Church on Ormeau Road, Belfast, into one of its Fratelli restaurants and a 21-bedroom hotel.

Belfast Telegraph

Derry crematorium call

A lack of land to bury Derry's dead has prompted a councillor – who is also an undertaker – to call for a crematorium for the city.

Belfast Telegraph