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Northern Ireland round-up: Funding boost for grade A office development; HMRC unveils Belfast hub plans

Words: Roger Milne

A round-up of planning news in Northern Ireland: 18 March-24 March, 2017

Funding boost for grade A office development

Belfast City Council has welcomed an announcement by the Department of Finance for a £100 million investment initiative, saying that it will complement the council’s own plans for a new fund to support grade A office development in Belfast.

The Planner

HMRC unveils Belfast hub plans

HM Revenue & Customs has revealed plans to launch a regional hub in Belfast in purpose-built offices capable of accommodating up to 1,700 staff. The facility would be one of a number planned for the UK.

Insider Media

Stadium plans hit by political logjam, warns Glentoran Glens chief

The redevelopment of stadiums like The Oval and Casement Park has been put at risk because of the political uncertainty triggered by the political impasse following the collapse of Stormont's power-sharing Executive, the chairman of Glentoran FC has warned.

Belfast Telegraph

Report published on proposed waste treatment facility

The Planning Appeals Commission has sent its report and recommendation about the waste treatment facility proposed by arc21 at the Hightown Quarry in County Antrim to the Department for Infrastructure. The project was the subject of a public inquiry.

Planning Appeals Commission NI

Film giant Warner Bros tipped for move into new £20m Belfast studio

One of the world’s biggest moviemakers, Warner Brothers, could become the tenant of a new film studio that is close to completion on a 3-hectare site at Giant’s Park in Belfast – once the city’s biggest landfill facility.

Belfast Telegraph

Killeavy Castle restoration project receives £1m grant

A plan to develop a luxury hotel and spa on the slopes of Slieve Gullion in County Armagh is to benefit from a grant of almost £1 million from Invest NI. The project will involve the restoration of the grade A listed Killeavy Castle and its outbuildings.

BBC News

Sale of Belfast student accommodation site ‘is a sign the bubble may have burst’

The site for one of Belfast’s largest proposed student developments is being sold off, prompting speculation the student housing bubble may have burst.

Belfast Telegraph

Treasury must investigate if post-Brexit tax powers can boost tourism

The UK Government should consider a reduced VAT rate for the Northern Ireland tourism industry after Brexit, the House of Commons Northern Ireland Affairs Committee has suggested.

UK Parliament