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Northern Ireland round-up: Go-ahead for major Belfast east bank redevelopment; Consent for key Cookstown projects

Words: Roger Milne

A round-up of planning news in Northern Ireland: 4 July-10 July, 2020

Go-ahead for major Belfast east bank redevelopment

Belfast City Council has approved outline proposals for the extensive Waterside development at the former Sirocco works site in Belfast.

The Planner

PAC critical of some key elements of Belfast LDP 

The Planning Appeals Commission, which has begun examining Belfast City Council’s local development plan (LDP), has voiced concern that the draft planning strategy may be unsound.

The Planner

Slight decline in applications submitted in Northern Ireland

Local planning authorities in Northern Ireland received a total of 12,207 planning applications during 2019/20 – nearly 3 per cent fewer than in the previous financial year.

The Planner

Sunak makes green jobs pledge

Chancellor Rishi Sunak has announced a £2 billion Green Homes Grant as part of his plan to protect jobs and prevent spiralling unemployment as the UK recovers from the effects of Covid-19.  

The Planner

RTPI welcomes Sunak’s intentions for a green recovery

RTPI chief executive Victoria Hill has ‘cautiously’ welcomed the chancellor’s commitments to help the built environment recover from Covid-19, but she argued that ‘strong planning will be needed to maximise all the investment’.

The Planner

New strategy celebrates work of RTPI volunteers

An important new strategy has today been launched by the RTPI with the aim of celebrating the support and involvement of the institute’s volunteers.


Consent for key Cookstown projects

Mid Ulster District Council has given the go-ahead for a new £28.5 million school for Holy Trinity College, Cookstown, which will cater for 1,300 pupils. It has also granted outline permission for the expansion of the town’s Kilcronagh Business Park.

Mid Ulster District council

County Antrim coastal schemes

Mid and East Antrim Borough Council has sold three sites it owned in the coastal village of Glenarm – a former quarry, fish factory and Eglinton yard – to a developer with ambitious plans to develop a four-star hotel, Irish Whiskey distillery, visitor’s centre and a community and heritage hub. Separately, an application has been submitted to convert the derelict Drumnagreagh Hotel outside the County Antrim village into six self-catering holiday homes.

Larne Times

New-look Carryduff shopping centre backed

Lisburn & Castlereagh City Council has approved proposals for a new Carryduff shopping centre involving the part demolition of existing properties, the refurbishment of the former SuperValu building, two shops, one bar/restaurant, an off-licence and 21 flats and associated car parking.

Belfast Live

Cross-border greenway move 

The greenway planned to link Derry City to Buncrana in County Donegal has taken a step closer to reality now that Derry City & Strabane District Council has lodged a planning application to construct the 3.7-kilometre route earmarked for its jurisdiction. 

Derry and Strabane Council

Lisburn train halt approved

Lisburn & Castlereagh City Council has granted approval for Translink’s plan for a train halt at Knockmore in West Lisburn, close to a park-and-ride facility.

Lisburn & Castlereagh City Council

Full-fibre broadband boost

Homes and businesses in another 94 rural towns and villages in the province are in line for full-fibre broadband under the latest proposals from digital infrastructure provider Openreach.

Irish News

SONI climate change report

SONI, the System Operator for Northern Ireland, has published a study highlighting possible responses to climate change, which illustrates how the province could achieve net-zero emissions before 2050. This would involve banning new petrol and diesel cars by 2032, ensuring that 80 per cent of electricity comes from renewables by 2030, and fitting most homes with solar PV arrays.


Derry Lidl shifts site

Derry City and Strabane District Council has approved the relocation of the existing Lidl supermarket from its current location in Buncrana Road, Derry, to a vacant plot nearby in a move also involving an access road and car parking.

Derry City & Strabane District Council

Islandmagee moves

Portmuck Harbour and pier in Islandmagee are to be refurbished under plans backed by Mid and East Antrim Borough Council

Belfast Live

Energy park mooted for Carrickfergus power plant

Proposals for an ambitious ’energy park’ at the Kilroot power plant in Carrickfergus have been outlined by EPUKI, the power station’s owner. The development could include a new gas pipeline, a solar farm, a battery storage project and a hydrogen facility. The coal-fired plant will be converted to use gas.

Belfast Telegraph