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Northern Ireland round-up: Go-ahead for Lisburn urban village and mixed-use scheme; 724-bed student scheme proposed near Belfast’s Cathedral Quarter

Words: Roger Milne

A round-up of planning news in Northern Ireland: 10 April-16 April, 2021

Go-ahead for Lisburn urban village and mixed-use scheme

Masterplans for a large mixed-use development comprising a 1,300-home urban village and 69,677 square metres of commercial floor space at Lisburn near the M1 motorway were approved this week.

The Planner

724-bed student scheme proposed near Belfast’s Cathedral Quarter

Northern Ireland real estate firm Lotus Property has launched revised proposals for a £55 million block of 724 student flats on the site of a former car park near Belfast’s Cathedral Quarter.

Belfast Telegraph

Dundonald Ice Bowl redevelopment approved

Lisburn & Castlereagh City Council has approved proposals to redevelop Dundonald International Ice Bowl into an Olympic-sized ice rink in a new building.

Lisburn City & Castlereagh Borough Council

Carrickfergus retirement village project redrawn

Kilmona Group, the company behind plans for a major retirement village in Carrickfergus, has significantly redrawn the proposal, dropping plans for a medical centre with 40 assisted living units at the former Courtaulds factory site in the town but increasing the size of a proposed nursing home and expanding the number of new homes.

Irish News

Green light for Derry cross-border cycle and walking route

Derry City and Strabane District Council's Planning Committee has approved plans to develop an 8.5-kilometre cross-border cycling and walking route, linking the city to Muff in County Donegal. The scheme will be funded by the two governments and the EU.

Derry City & Strabane District Council

Bird species threatened

A quarter of bird species on the island of Ireland are now on the ‘red list’ of high conservation concern, according to a report jointly compiled by RSPB NI and BirdWatch Ireland.

Irish News

Capital outdoor hospitality scheme backed

One of the first significant projects to convert a Belfast street for outdoor hospitality use has been backed by city planners. They have recommended that a section of road on Brunswick Street can be temporarily pedestrianised and augmented with a stage performance area, extensive decking, outdoor seating, and a number of containers that will house a café/bar and a food preparation area. The Linen Quarter BID is behind the initiative.

Irish News

Consultation launched on new town centre market for Portadown

Armagh City, Banbridge and Craigavon Borough Council is consulting on proposals for a new town centre market and a so-called ‘gateway enhancement scheme’ in Portadown.

Armagh City, Banbridge and Craigavon Borough Council

Newtownabbey traffic initiative

Infrastructure minister Nichola Mallon has announced the next steps for a scheme to widen a 250-metre stretch of Hydepark Road, Newtownabbey, to facilitate extension of bus services and enhance facilities for pedestrians and cyclists.

Northern Ireland Executive

PAC Covid-19 update

The Planning Appeals Commission has updated its response measures to Covid-19 and announced that its Belfast office will be open between 9am and 4pm. However, it has requested that case officers should not be emailed or telephoned directly for the time being. All email correspondence should be sent to [email protected], which is monitored daily.

Planning Appeals Commission