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Northern Ireland round-up: Green light for cross-border power link infrastructure project

Words: The Planner

A round-up of planning news in Northern Ireland: 12 September -18 September, 2020

RTPI launches guide to climate action tools

The RTPI has launched a guide for planners on how to reduce carbon emissions while also managing such climate impacts as flooding and overheating.

The Planner

Green light for cross-border power link infrastructure project

The administration this week approved the Northern Ireland section of a key energy infrastructure project, the North South Electricity interconnector, the long-awaited  cross-border power link.

The Planner

Bangor Waterfront Development moves

Ards and North Down Borough Council has announced  it is poised to submit an outline business case for Belfast  City Deal funding of £40 million  for the Bangor Waterfront Development,  an ambitious proposal to redevelop a two-mile stretch of the seafront (from Skippingstone beach to Ballyholme beach)  which is designed to re-establish the resort as a prime visitor attraction in Northern Ireland.

Ards and North Down Borough Council

Belfast developments approved

A city-centre scheme providing 94 student bedrooms in a 12-storey block as part of an extension to an existing development in the capital’s York Street  was approved this week by the planning committee. Members also gave the greenlight to 20 flats in three buildings in Uppernewtownards Road; an  independent-living complex on land near the former Kings Hall and the demolition of the existing Avoniel leisure centre and its replacement with a new 2-storey pavilion, changing room facilities, 250-spectator stand, car-parking provision and a number of new pitches.

Belfast City Council

Government fails on majority of biodiversity commitments

The government has failed to meet more than 80 per cent of commitments on biodiversity  made in a five year conservation plan, according to the Royal Society for the Protection of Birds.

Belfast Telegraph

Ballykelly data centre backed

Planners from Causeway Coast and Glens Borough Council have recommended approval for a huge new 24,155 square metre data centre earmarked for the site of a former army barracks in Ballykelly.

Insider Media

Gold mine green info request

The Department for Infrastructure has requested further environmental information from Dalradian Gold Ltd about its proposed County Tyrone gold mine. 

Northern Ireland Executive

Support for Co Londonderry wind turbines

A 29-megawatt nine-turbine wind farm proposed by RES for a site near a disused quarry in Gortcorbies, County Londonderry, has been backed by officials at Causeway Coast and Glens Borough Council.

Insider Media

Greenway funding help

The government has announced a £2.8 million funding package for the development of six greenway projects, two involve Belfast City Council and two Derry City & Strabane District Council.

Northern Ireland Executive

Portrush lifeboat shelter conversion approved

A former lifeboat shelter in Portrush is set to be turned into a licensed restaurant after the scheme was given the thumbs up by the local planning authority. 

Belfast Telegraph