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Northern Ireland round-up: DfI insists reconsideration of key electricity grid project will rely on new powers; Newtownards new homes approved

Words: Roger Milne

A round-up of planning news in Northern Ireland: 9 February-15 February, 2019

DfI insists reconsideration of key electricity grid project will rely on new powers

The Department for Infrastructure (DfI) has confirmed that it will reconsider consent for the northern section of the north-south interconnector project in the light of the new powers and guidance for civil servants, which came into force late last year.

The Planner

Newtownards new homes approved

A new £11 million housing scheme providing 43 detached homes in Newtownards has been approved by Ards and North Down Borough Council.

Belfast Telegraph

Belfast’s hotel expansion move

Belfast's Merchant Hotel has submitted plans to expand into the three-storey former Ulster Sports Club located next door.

Belfast Telegraph

Capital cinema set to become office HQ

A Belfast-city centre cinema is to close in May after its site was bought by a software company for its new headquarters.

Belfast Telegraph

Development mooted for Belfast’s ‘Golden Mile’

Proposals have unveiled for a development involving 71 flats and a restaurant along a stretch of Belfast's so-called ‘Golden Mile’ on Dublin Road.

Belfast Telegraph

Belfast Harbour cargo record

The volume of cargo passing through Belfast Harbour last year surpassed 24 million tonnes, a record.

Belfast Telegraph

A5 Transport Corridor funding glitch

The Irish Government has pulled promised immediate funding of €27 million (£23.7 million) for a major Northern Ireland roads project, the A5 Western Transport Corridor, blaming the lack of a Stormont Executive.

Belfast Telegraph

NI shopping footfall defies UK decline

Footfall in Northern Ireland shops in January has defied a UK trend slump to rise by almost 4 per cent, according to a report published this week.

Belfast Telegraph

New home registrations surge

Latest statistics from the National House Building Council show that the number of new homes registered on the province went from 3,391 in 2017 to 4,804 - an increase of 42 per cent.

Belfast Telegraph

Rostrevor luxury hotel and spa makes the grade

Newry, Mourne and Down District Council has approved outline permission for a 100-bedroom hotel and spa at Rostrevor in the foothills of the Mourne Mountains overlooking Carlingford Lough.

Newry, Mourne and Down District Council

Mixed-use scheme approved for Pennyburn site in Derrry

Proposals for a mixed-use scheme providing a medical centre, superstore, restaurant and a filling station at the former Arntz Belting site in the Pennyburn area of Derry has been approved by the planning authority

Derry City & Strabane District Council

Ards Peninsula distillery proposes new warehouses

Award-winning County Down whiskey maker Echlinville Distillery has revealed plans for a significant expansion at its Ards Peninsula base, which would involve three new warehouses at its plant near Kircubbin.

Belfast Telegraph