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Northern Ireland round-up: Green-light for 500 new homes in Portadown; DfI intervenes over Newtownabbey Asda superstore

Words: Roger Milne

A round-up of planning news in Northern Ireland: 15 August-21 August, 2020

Green-light for 500 new homes in Portadown

A development of up to 500 new homes has been approved for land next to Craigavon Area Hospital in Portadown.

The Planner

DfI intervenes over Newtownabbey Asda superstore 

The Department for Infrastructure (DfI) has intervened over controversial plans for a 3,716 square metre Asda superstore and filling station on the site of the former Nortel plant on the outskirts of Newtownabbey. The DfI has issued a holding direction which precludes the planning authority determining the scheme while it decides what action to take and whether to call it in. The new store is opposed by trade group Retail NI over concerns the development would draw business away from town centres.

Belfast Telegraph

Capital aparthotel withdrawn

Developer Kilmona Property has withdrawn plans for a £23 million apart-hotel off Apollo Road close to Belfast’s Windsor Park after the scheme was recommended for rejection a second time by the city council over concerns about wastewater infrastructure.

Belfast Telegraph

Planning delays for two Belfast projects: aquarium and bio-energy plant

Belfast City Council's planning committee has deferred a decision on proposals for a major aquarium project in the city's Titanic Quarter to allow for discussions with the Department for Infrastructure over traffic management issues. Meanwhile, plans for a £40 million bioenergy plant at Giant's Park in the capital were withdrawn from the agenda so a site visit can take place.

Insider Media and Belfast Telegraph

71 new homes proposed for County Down village

Proposals have been unveiled for a 71-house development in the County Down village of Moira . 

Insider Media

Go-head for Glengormley block of flats

Antrim and Newtownabbey Borough Council has approved proposals for a three-storey block of 17 flats as well as parking for 19 vehicles on a vacant corner site on Ballyclare Road, in Glengormley, Newtownabbey.

Belfast Live