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Northern Ireland round-up: Green light for major housing schemes in the Belfast; MLAs urge planning review of farming development and ammonia pollution

Words: Roger Milne

A round-up of planning news in Northern Ireland: 14 November-20 November, 2020

Green light for major housing schemes in the Belfast

A major development in north west Belfast of 653 new homes, comprising a mix of social and affordable units, has been given the go-ahead by the city council this week.

The Planner

MLAs urge planning review of farming development and ammonia pollution

Infrastructure minister Nichola Mallon has been urged to review how Northern Ireland's planning system handles ammonia pollution from agricultural development following a debate in the Northern Ireland Assembly.

The Planner

Consents wrangle leaves gas storage project in limbo

InfraStrata, the company behind contentious proposals for a gas storage facility at Islandmagee, has accused the Northern Irish government of 'dithering' over licences needed before the project, which has planning permission, can proceed.

The Planner

Johnson sets out his 10 point plan for a green revolution

Prime Minister Boris Johnson has set out a £12 billion, 10 point plan for a green recovery from Covid-19. It includes more offshore wind capacity, cleaner public transport and extensive carbon capture and storage.

The Planner

Belfast LDP hearing on YouTube

The public independent examination of the draft Belfast Local Development Plan began this week. The remote proceedings, organised by the Planning Appeals Commission, are being live-streamed on YouTube.

Planning Appeals Commission

Translink looks for Weavers Cross development partner

Translink is seeking a partner to support the development of the £380 million Weavers Cross project, the office-led scheme which will include a new flagship transport hub for the capital.

Insider Media

Whisky distillery project for Titanic Quarter

Titanic Distillers has unveiled proposals for working whiskey distillery in an existing pump-house building at the Thompson Dry Dock next to the HMS Caroline attraction in Belfast Harbour, part of the Titanic Quarter.

Irish News

Havelock House demolition thwarted

Developer Olympian Homes' proposals to demolish Havelock House,  UTV’s former headquarters, and build an eight-storey block accommodating 270 flats, have been refused by Belfast City Council against the advice of  planning officials.

Belfast Telegraph

NI Water warns of development infrastructure deficit around Lisburn

NI Water has warned Lisburn and Castlereagh City Council that its medium term expectation of 13,500 new homes and employment growth at Blaris, Purdysburn, Knockmore, Derriaghy, Dundonald, Carryduff and Newtownbreda is being jeopardised by under-investment in the region’s sewers and waste water treatment infrastructure.

NI Water

Antrim hospital makes progress

The government has accepted the outline business case for a new £80 million acute mental health hospital on the outskirts of Antrim.

Belfast Telegraph

Newtownards historic market cross restored

Ards and North Down Borough Council has announced that restoration works at the historic Market Cross in Newtownards – the only surviving 17th Century market cross in Northern Ireland – have been completed.

Ards and North Down Borough  Council

Newry, Mourne and Down regeneration strategy launched

Newry, Mourne and Down District Council has launched a new regeneration and economic development strategy which aims to exploit the area’s strategic location equidistant between Belfast and Dublin.

Newry, Mourne and Down District Council

Belfast Linen Quarter BIS public realm plans

Belfast’s Linen Quarter Business Improvement District has launched a consultation exercise over four public realm projects including a new outdoor destination and a ‘pocket park’.

Irish News