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Northern Ireland round-up: Expansion plan premiere for Belfast studio complex; Green light for Rathfriland medical scheme

Words: Roger Milne

A round-up of planning news in Northern Ireland: 15 February-21 February, 2020

Expansion plan premiere for Belfast studio complex

A planning application to quadruple the size of the Belfast Harbour Film Studio complex at the capital’s Giant’s Park has been submitted to the city council.

The Planner

Work-shadowing scheme gives young planners taste of life at the top table

This year’s edition of the RTPI’s work-shadowing initiative has kicked off with two young planners gaining a valuable insight into the life of a chief planning officer.


Planning takes centre stage in UN sustainable development declaration

The vital role of planning and of built environment professionals in achieving sustainable urban development features prominently in a declaration signed at the conclusion of the recent UN World Urban Forum in Abu Dhabi.


Approval for Rathfriland medical scheme

MJM Group’s £26 million medical village project at Rathfriland, County Down – involving a new medical centre with GP surgery and associated ancillary healthcare facilities, a 140-bedroom nursing home, four retirement homes, 14 assisted living flats and five townhouses – has been approved by Armagh City, Banbridge and Craigavon Borough Council.

Insider Media

Historic County Fermanagh estate makeover mooted

Proposals that would see the historic 93-hectare Necarne Estate in Irvinestown, County Fermanagh, leased as a tourist and leisure attraction have been approved in principle by owner Fermanagh and Omagh District Council, who will retain responsibility for the upkeep of the at-risk grade B listed Necarne Castle.

Fermanagh and Omagh District Council

Crumlin homes blocked

Antrim and Newtonabbey Borough Council has refused developer Killultagh Properties’ proposals for a 114-home development at Crumlin, County Antrim.

Insider Media

Belfast city centre bank building redevelopment in prospect

A company linked to developers McAleer and Rushe has proposed to redevelop the listed Art Deco former Bank of Ireland building in central Belfast as a mixed-use scheme including a hotel, flats and offices.

BBC News

Derry forecourt project

The Henderson Group has submitted proposals for a new petrol services forecourt at Belt Road, Derry. The plans would also involve two retail units and a hot food outlet.

Insider Media

Doaugh development to go-ahead

Antrim and Newtownabbey Borough Council has approved Henderson Group’s revised scheme to redevelop the existing Texaco filling station site at Doagh with a modern forecourt, a convenience store and hot food outlet as well as post office facilities and an ATM.

Antrim and Newtownabbey Borough Council

Carrickfergus Castle conservation makeover on view

The result of conservation work at Carrickfergus Castle costing £1 million will be on show to visitors from next week at special reopening events at the popular County Antrim attraction.

Belfast Telegraph