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Northern Ireland: round-up: Goldmine is biggest planning application, Prehistoric site turbine row, Noisy Belfast

Words: Roger Milne

A round-up of planning news in Northern Ireland: 25 November-1 December, 2017

Goldmine project triggers Northern Ireland's biggest ever planning application

A Canadian company hoping to develop a major new gold mine in the Sperrins area of Co Tyrone has formally submitted its application, claimed to be the largest ever handled by the Province’s planning regime.

The Planner 

Prehistoric site turbine wrangle update

Armagh City, Banbridge and Craigavon Borough Council has confirmed to The Planner that it has decided not to pursue enforcement action over preparatory works for a wind turbine project affecting a prehistoric site at Knockiveagh. However, it is acting over an access track and the design of electricity cabinets associated with the scheme. It is still considering whether to revoke permission for the turbine originally granted by the government. Meanwhile, local protestors are attempting to crowdfund a legal challenge.

Armagh City, Banbridge and Craigavon Borough Council

Sirocco scheme details

New details of the £400 million development of Sirocco Quays in Belfast as a new neighbourhood with 750 flats, a Grade-A office building called Belfast Waterside, a major new hotel and a pedestrian and cycle bridge have surfaced as the developer prepares to submit an outline planning application.

Belfast Telegraph

A5 dualling approved

Construction on the A5 Western Transport Corridor scheme is set to begin in early 2018, the Department for Infrastructure has confirmed after announcing it was accepting the recommendations of the Planning Appeals Commission which backed approval of the first phase of the scheme involving the dualling of a 15-kilometre stretch of the route on the outskirts of Derry and Strabane.

Department for Infrastructure

More infrastructure cash

The Department of Finance has confirmed that there will be an additional sum of £26 million for infrastructure spending because of last week’s UK government budget and a further look at reallocations amongst departmental budgets.

Department of Finance

Derry station campaign

The lobby group that helped save the Derry to Coleraine railway line 15 years ago has launched a new campaign to see Derry City’s Victorian Waterside station brought back into use. 

Belfast Telegraph

Mixed-use scheme for Belfast city centre

BGA Architects has submitted a proposal for a mixed-use seven-storey scheme earmarked for a site on Great Victoria Street in Belfast city centre providing restaurants and flats.

Insider Media

Earplugs needed in capital?

Belfast is the second noisiest city in the UK, according to the number of complaints received by local councils following a series of Freedom of Information Act requests. 

Belfast Telegraph

Travel survey published

The Travel Survey for Northern Ireland in-depth report, containing statistics for 2014-2016, is now available.

Department for Infrastructure