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Northern Ireland round-up: Further delay for new IT planning system; John O’Dowd MLA confirmed as caretaker infrastructure minister

Words: Roger Milne

A round-up of planning news in Northern Ireland: 14 May-20 May, 2022

Further delay for new IT planning system

Northern Ireland’s new regional planning IT system has suffered more delays and is now scheduled to be up and running in October.

The Planner

John O’Dowd MLA confirmed as caretaker NI infrastructure minister

Sinn Fein politician John O'Dowd has been confirmed as Northern Ireland’s caretaker infrastructure minister, overseeing the planning system. He replaces Nichola Mallon who failed to retain her MLA seat following the Northern Ireland Assembly elections earlier this month.

The Planner

Go-ahead for Ballymena hotel

A proposal for a 65-bedroom hotel adjacent to the Applegreen Service Station on the A26 at the site of the former Fort Royal complex outside Ballymena has been approved by Mid and East Antrim Borough Council, against the advice of officials who were concerned about traffic issues.

Belfast Telegraph

Havelock House demo rematch

A developer whose plan to demolish Havelock House was rejected is making another attempt to level the property – the former Ulster TV headquarters on Belfast’s Ormeau Road – and replace it with flats and car-parking.

Belfast Live

Carnlough school development okayed

The construction of a new 9,737-square-metre building and demolition of existing school buildings at St Killian’s College, Carnlough, has been given the go-ahead by Mid and East Antrim Borough Council. The scheme involves the existing listed Garron Tower. The development is located in the Antrim Coast and Glens Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty.

Irish News

Newry park project shapes up

An outline business case has been agreed for a £16.2 million city park at Newry's Albert Basin as part of proposals to bring new life to the historic waterside area by the new Carlingford Lough Greenway.

Irish News

Larne landmark move

Connswater Homes Housing Association’s proposal for a development of 16 flats for the over-55 age group is set to replace the former Curran Court Hotel building, a Larne landmark, now due for demolition

Irish News

South Belfast homes scheme

Housing Association Choice is investing £14 million at the new Kings Hall development in south Belfast, where it will develop 81 flats.

Irish News

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