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Northern Ireland round-up: Green light for 295 new homes in Derry; Banbridge development plans submitted

Words: Roger Milne

A round-up of planning news in Northern Ireland: 27 February-5 March, 2021

Green light for 295 new homes in Derry

Derry City & Strabane District Council gave the thumbs up to proposals for a mix of detached and semi-detached houses and 19 flats on land to the east of Clooney Road overlooking the Caw roundabout.

The Planner

Budget 2021: Sunak pledges £12bn for infrastructure bank 

Chancellor Rishi Sunak has used his 2021 Budget to promise that the new UK infrastructure bank will be able to deploy £12 billion of equity and debt capital and be able to issue up to £10 billion of guarantees.

The Planner

Banbridge development plans submitted

Lotus Group has submitted proposals for a new 13,400 square metre storage and distribution facility on land close to the Boulevard shopping complex at Bridgewater Retail Park in Banbridge. The development will also include a bespoke headquarters building for County Down building contractor Glasgiven Contracts.

Irish News

Go-ahead for Maghera and Magherafelt schemes

Mid Ulster District Council this week approved plans for a new 2,700-square-metre factory building and, separately, outline permission for a new 20-bed hotel (both in Maghera), and the development of 11 houses in Magherafelt.

Mid Ulster District council

Ebrington Square moves

Derry City & Strabane District Council has approved proposals to extend the Walled City Brewery at Ebrington Square to incorporate a new single-storey visitor centre. Meanwhile, in a related but separate development, Ebrington Holdings, the development partner of the NI Executive at the site in Derry, has committed to help transform the city’s former army barracks into a mixed-use development by repurposing a number of the vacant units at the site – a move that will require change of use permissions.

Derry City & Strabane District Council and Insider Media

Mallon reinforces Narrow Water Bridge support

Infrastructure minister Nichola Mallon has met representatives of Newry, Mourne and Down Council and Louth County Council to stress her commitment to help to deliver the Narrow Water Bridge scheme, a key cross-border infrastructure project.

Northern Ireland Executive

Larne cemetery consultation

Mid and East Antrim Borough Council has launched a public consultation over plans for a new £2.7 million cemetery in Larne, which would be located on the Old Glenarm Road, adjacent to Carnfunnock Country Park. It would involve the provision of up to 6,000 plots.

Mid and East Antrim Borough Council

Green power boost for Province

Last year just under 50 per cent of total electricity demand in Northern Ireland was generated from renewable sources, mainly wind, located in the province – an increase of 5.6 percentage points on the previous 12-month period.

Department for the Economy