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Northern Ireland round-up: Economic blueprint launched for Mid South West region; Minister urged to intervene in aquarium approval

Words: Roger Milne

A round-up of planning news in Northern Ireland: 5 September-11 September, 2020

Economic blueprint launched for Mid South West region

An economic strategy for the Mid South West region of Northern Ireland was launched this week focusing on boosting productivity and designed to guide investment to grow the collective economy.

The Planner

Minister urged to intervene in aquarium approval

Ards and North Down Borough Council has urged infrastructure minister Nichola Mallon to intervene and call in the proposed new aquarium earmarked for Belfast’s Titanic Quarter because of fears for the impact on the Exploris aquarium at Portaferry on the shores of Strangford Lough.

Irish News

Belfast Chinese Consulate development demo

Residents have been protesting outside the Chinese Consulate in Belfast after completion of a new boundary wall built without planning permission that the city council tried to halt with an injunction because the listed building is in a conservation area. However, the Chinese claimed diplomatic immunity and a judge ruled that she had no power to intervene. The building work has been a source of continuing friction between the consulate and its neighbours in the affluent Malone Road area of the city.

Irish News

Go-ahead for Larne town centre project

Mid and East Antrim Borough Council has given the go-ahead to Artis Construction for a mixed-use scheme providing 26 flats, a gym and a café in Larne’s town centre.  

Insider Media

Coastal erosion call

Causeway Coast and Glens Council has urged the Northern Ireland Executive to set up a unit to monitor coastal erosion and develop policies to tackle the issue. 

Belfast Live

Millisle windmill revamp under way

Restoration work is due to get under way at Ballycopeland Windmill, Millisle – the only working windmill in Ulster – thanks to £1.2 million of funding from the Northern Ireland Executive and the local authority, Ards and North Down Borough Council. It is the only roller-reefing windmill left in the world. 

Northern Ireland Executive

Bad smell from County Tyrone mushroom facility 

The smell from a £25 million mushroom composting facility near Ballygawley, in County Tyrone, is annoying residents in Cabragh who were assured that odours would not be a problem when the scheme went through the planning process.

Belfast Telegraph

Newtownabbey skatepark progress

Tendering for the construction of a £500,000 skatepark billed as “the biggest in Ireland”, earmarked for Newtownabbey’s V36 Park, is set to go ahead.

Belfast Live

Mallon pledges backing for Narrow Water Bridge 

Infrastructure minister Nichola Mallon has reiterated her commitment to making progress on the iconic cross-border Narrow Water Bridge project, which is proposed to link communities on both sides of Carlingford Lough and boost the tourism potential of the area.

Northern Ireland Executive