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Northern Ireland round-up: Green light for Derry care home complex; Belfast bounce-back after Covid hampered by council’s lack of powers

Words: Roger Milne

A round-up of planning news in Northern Ireland: 11 September-17 September, 2021

Derry care home complex given go-ahead

A retirement village on the former site of one of Northern Ireland's best known grammar schools has been given the green light. 

The Planner

Belfast bounce-back after Covid hampered by council’s lack of powers

Measures to reimagine Belfast city centre in the wake of the Covid-19 pandemic have been painfully slow due to a lack of regeneration powers devolved to local authorities, according to Simon Hamilton, former DUP economy minister and now the head of the Belfast Chamber. 

Irish News

Capital developments approved

A firm linked to former KFC tycoon Michael Herbert has been given approval to transform a former south Belfast church hall into nine flats and a shop following this week’s meeting of the planning committee, which also approved a section of the Forthmeadow Community greenway.

Belfast Telegraph

Strabane Lidl signed-off

The go-ahead for the demolition of existing buildings at Strabane Retail Park and their replacement with a new Lidl supermarket and retail unit have been given the go-ahead by Derry City & Strabane District Council.

Derry City & Strabane District Council

East Belfast tower blocks for the chop

The Department for Communities has approved the demolition of two tower blocks in East Belfast: Clarawood House and Kilbroney House.

Belfast Live

Portrush will host the Open in 2025

Golf major The Open will return to  the Royal Portrush Golf Club in Co Antrim in  2025. The tournament generated more than £100 million for the Northern Irish economy when it was held in the country two years ago.

Insider Media

EU funds EV charging  points for border areas

An EU-funded project to install electric vehicle charging points in border areas has been officially launched. The project will involve the provision of 73 rapid charging points in Northern Ireland and in border counties in the Republic.

Irish News

Boris bridge (or tunnel) now dead in the water

The plan to build a £15 billion bridge or tunnel between Scotland and Northern Ireland appears to have fallen victim to a curb on spending by the Treasury, according to media reports that the  project backed by the PM was now dead in the water.

Belfast Telegraph

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