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Northern Ireland round-up: Green light for major housing scheme in Belfast city centre; Pedestrianisation initiatives planned for Belfast, Derry and  Newry

Words: Roger Milne

A round-up of planning news in Northern Ireland: 16 May-22 May, 2020

Green light for major housing scheme in Belfast city centre

Belfast City Council has given consent for a major city centre scheme involving proposals to redevelop the former El Divino Nightclub site, next to the River Lagan, with 154 flats and a ground-floor retail unit.

The Planner

Higher emergency grants offered to heritage sector

The National Lottery Heritage Fund is welcoming applications for larger grants to cover emergency costs during the coronavirus (Covid-19) pandemic.

The Planner

Pedestrianisation initiatives planned for Belfast, Derry and Newry

The first in a wave of planned pedestrianisation initiatives to support the province’s recovery from Covid-19 has been announced by the Department for Infrastructure, with schemes trialled in Belfast and Derry and shortly expected in Newry. The measures are designed to be low-cost, experimental and will target changes in travel to boost walking and cycling to ease pressure on public transport.

Northern Ireland Executive

Green light for Derry medical school

Deputy First Minister Michelle O'Neill has confirmed that funding for the graduate medical school at Ulster University's Magee campus in Derry has been signed off with the facility – a key regeneration project for the area’s growth deal – due to open in September next year.

BBC News

Hilton’s outdoor bar proposal the shape of things to come?

The Hilton Belfast has proposed to create the first outside bar and café seating area in the capital’s city centre. The idea could be taken up by many hospitality businesses across Northern Ireland, it has been claimed.

Belfast Telegraph

Coleraine floating hotel surfaces

Proposals have surfaced for a floating hotel on a barge moored on the River Bann at Coleraine in County Londonderry.

Insider Media

Mid Ulster planning committees back in June

Mid Ulster District Council’s planning committee will resume its monthly meetings in June, with arrangements in place to allow remote access for members of the public.

Mid Ulster District Council

New Derry footbridge project

Derry City & Strabane District Council has lodged a planning application to construct a new, shared 62-metre-long cycle and footbridge that would span an intake of water near the Fort George site, expanding the Quay Trail into Bay Road park.

Derry City & Strabane District Council

Casement Park D-day in prospect

Infrastructure minister Nichola Mallon insisted this week that she would be able to consider the controversial Casement Park planning application later this summer, once recommendations from officials are finalised.

Northern Ireland Executive