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Northern Ireland round-up: Department for Infrastructure officials get stuck into planning decisions; Portrush regeneration drive

Words: Roger Milne

A round-up of planning news in Northern Ireland: 5 January-11 January, 2019

Department for Infrastructure officials get stuck into planning decisions

Civil servants at the Department for Infrastructure have begun determining a slew of regionally significant schemes previously on ice at Stormont because of the absence of a minister.

The Planner

Portrush regeneration drive

A new aparthotel, a pub and an apartment complex in Portrush have received nearly £1 million in public funding, part of a drive to prepare the seaside resort for the 148th Open Championship in July, which has also involved a new rail station and streetscape improvements.

Northern Ireland Executive

Sandy Row flats

A retail warehouse in Belfast’s Sandy Row neighbourhood is to be converted into a £4 million complex providing 42 flats.

Belfast Telegraph

Lisburn homes move

Eglinton Developments has submitted an application to Lisburn and Castlereagh City Council for 39 flats, 33 townhouses and 44 semi-detached dwellings on the Brokerstown Road, around 2.5 miles from the city centre.

Belfast Telegraph

Flats proposal near Belfast airport

Revised plans have been submitted for a 90-unit flats complex at a prominent location off Knocknagoney Road on the outskirts of Belfast, close to the George Best Belfast City Airport.

Insider Media

Gold mine information request

The Department for Infrastructure has formally requested further environmental information from Dalradian Gold Ltd over its County Tyrone gold mine application.

Northern Ireland Executive

Coastal erosion study published

The Departments for Infrastructure and Agriculture, Environment and Rural Affairs have published a joint study on coastal erosion that highlights the areas at greatest risk in the province.

Northern Ireland Executive

Flood risk preparatory work

A public consultation has started on the draft timetable and work programme for the preparation of a Northern Ireland flood-risk management plan for the period from 2021 to 2027.

Northern Ireland Executive

Capital development name dispute

The company behind a £500 million redevelopment of the Cathedral Quarter is ‘disappointed’ that Belfast City Council has rejected the choice of the name Tribeca for the scheme in homage to a hip district in New York.

Belfast Telegraph