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Northern Ireland round-up: Derry care home complex detailed; Dundonald development proposed

Words: Roger Milne

A round-up of planning news in Northern Ireland: 26 September-2 October, 2020

Derry care home complex detailed

Proposals for major care home complex on the derelict site of a former school in Derry have been submitted to Derry City & Strabane District Council.

The Planner

Dundonald development proposed 

A major residential-led mixed-use scheme comprising 154 new homes and 3,900 square metres of employment space, plus a local centre, has been proposed by Lagmar Properties for the site of the former Rolls-Royce factory in Dundonald. 

Insider Media

Belfast container hotel hotel lodged

The Eastside Partnership has lodged an application with Belfast City Council for a five storey 21-bedroom hotel, made from shipping containers, to be positioned next to its community building at the gateway to CS Lewis Square on the Newtownards Road.

Irish News

Extension for temporary regulations for major planning applications

The Department for Infrastructure has announced an extension, to 31 March 2021, of the temporary suspension of the requirement to hold a public event as part of pre-application community consultation on major planning applications. 

Northern Ireland Executive

Minister determines Portrush hotel call-in and blocks extension

Infrastructure minister Nichola Mallon has granted planning permission and listed building consent for existing development at the Adelphi Hotel in Portrush but refused planning permission and listed building consent for a proposed three-storey extension. This follows the call-in of all the applications in the wake of Causeway Coast and Glens Borough Council resolution to approve them contrary to the advice of the Historic Buildings Unit of the Department for Communities.

Northern Ireland Executive

Ballymena housing plan submitted

A housing association has lodged a planning application with Mid and East Antrim Borough Council for 140 new homes on the site of the former St Patrick’s Barracks in Ballymena. 

Belfast Live

Builders warn sewerage system problems block development

New housing and other types of major development are being scrapped and delayed because Northern Ireland's water and sewerage system is at capacity, leading builders have warned.

Belfast Telegraph

Derry retail park redevelopment mooted

The Crescent Link Retail Park in Derry is set to undergo a £5 million redevelopment with an expanded Marks & Spencer’s food hall, a ‘food warehouse’ for Iceland and a resized Homebase store, all proposed alongside further car parking provision, according to latest proposals for the site.

Irish News

Downpatrick filling station move

Proposals for a four-pump filling station and car-wash at the Ballydugan Retail Park in Downpatrick, involving the demolition of an existing forecourt facility, has been put forward by Asda.

Insider Media

North Belfast social housing row

Campaigners in North Belfast have voiced concern that the city council is reneging on promises to provide social housing in the area.

Irish News

Go-ahead for further sand dredging in Lough Neagh

Infrastructure minister Nichola Mallon has dismayed conservationists by allowing five companies to continue sand dredging in part of Lough Neagh. This in line with the recommendation of the Planning Appeals Commission, which reported to the department in May 2019. The go-ahead is, however, dependent on a section 76 agreement. The Lough is a designated Special Protection Area, a Ramsar site and an Area of Special Scientific Interest.

Northern Ireland Executive